A troubled scheme meant for Kashmir’s unemployed youth

A troubled scheme meant for Kashmir’s unemployed youth
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Himayat fails to pay stipends to students

Srinagar: The much-hyped government of India’s Himayat scheme is giving much trouble to students as they are not being paid stipends during training.
The scheme is meant for providing training-cum-placement programme for unemployed youth in Jammu and Kashmir. The programme has been developed and initiated by the Ministry of Rural Development. Himayat is being implemented by private companies or NGOs who will conduct the training and are responsible for placement of youth. The state has an army of unemployed youth estimated to be more than 80000 as per conservative estimates. Through schems such as Himayat, the government of India along with state Rural development department provides training so that youth are assured of a job and there is one year post-placement tracking to see how they are faring. The scheme aims to train 1,00,000 youth in five years and will provide at least 75,000 of them with jobs. Placements will be largely in the service sector both in J&K and outside the state.
But students who got themselves admitted to the scheme since 2016 are yet to get Travel Allownces (TA). A students, according to the scheme, has to be provided Rs 175 for a day.
Except for three months stipends in 2016, the students who got entrolled in the scheme have not received a single penny since then. Only 180 students enrolled in three batches in 2016 got stipends. But after killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani instigated massive uprising, no stipend has been paid.
“We finished our training in December 2017 and expected stipends be released after the course is over. But we are still waiting for it,” said students of batch A, B and C comprising of 60 students each.
They alleged the authorities are peddling excuses when they seek their dues. “We are exhausted by making rounds to the institute where we received training,” said students and questioning the government’s announcement of giving training to more than one lakh youth in next three years when no funds are available.
“We are not able to understand what is the fun of launching these schemes when they are not able to pay to the students,” a student told Kashmir Reader.
Himayat’s project implementing agency in Kashmir Barakat Ali Wani said the scheme lacks funds.
According to him, the cost of the project was one crore including TA of the students. Of this only receive 25 percent funds have been released, he said. “I already conveyed to the officials of ministry of rural development and they assured they will release the funds within 15 days,” Wani added.

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