SRINAGAR: A special drive for unemployed youth especially SC/ST candidates under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) of Kashmir will be started from 2nd October on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti at PMTC, KVIC, Pampore. The programme is a part of the overall initiative for addressing economic issues in J&K.
“While steps are being taken by the state and central government to revive economic activity in J&K, PMEGP programme is a special initiative to address the needs of the educated unemployed in J&K,” an official statement issued here said. “PMEGP program is focused on youth of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). The aim is to provide skills and job opportunities to the youth.”
“It was observed that youth from J&K were unable to find employment in many fields as either they were unaware of the opportunity in the various fields or the fields were unaware of the talent pool that existed in J&K,” it said.
The principal focus of the PMEGP programme is to create an ecosystem that would bridge this gap of unemployment.
Giving details about the programme, Anil Kumar Sharma, Assistant Director, Incharge Kashmir Province said besides special drive under PMEGP, various other programmes will be conducted on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
He said on the occasion, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ will be conducted at PMTC, KVIC, Pampore, in order to make people aware about the cleanliness needed to be kept around our surroundings.
Anil, who is also Principal, PMTC, Pampore said that a special plantation drive will be conducted during which employees, trainees and students of various schools will plant trees.
Further, a painting competition will be conducted during which students of various schools will show their talent in the field of art.
Anil said that chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, member (NZ), KVIC Dr Hina Shafi Bhat and State Director Vinay Kumar during their recent visit to the PMTC, KVIC Pampore had emphasized for the above programmes on this special occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. “Therefore I with the help of my staff hope that maximum unemployed youth of the Kashmir Valley will take benefits from this drive under PMEGP,” he said.