Govt to train 1.24 lakh youth under Himayat


SRINAGAR, JULY 25: Jammu and Kashmir government will train over 1.24 lakh youth from the State in skill development programs over the next three years under the revamped Himayat program.

Chairing a review meeting at his civil secretariat office here today, the Minister of Rural Development Department, Mr Abdul Haq, said unlike in the past, the State Government will have direct control on the implementation of the scheme.

Mr Khan said a revised target of providing training and placement to 190000 youths over five years in J&K has been approved by the Centre, out of which 65820 youths have already been trained while the remaining 124,180 will be trained over the next three years.

“Nearly 1000 youths, who successfully complete training programs, will be placed outside the country,” Mr Khan said.

Giving the information, the Minister said the proposals for implementing the program has already been invited online by DDU-GYK National Mission Management Unit, Union Ministry of Rural Development.

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“The Centre has approved Rs 1601.51 crore for the scheme over the next three years during which six-months, nine-months and one year job-oriented training in residential and non-residential courses will be imparted to the aspirants,” Mr Haq said.

During the meeting, the Minister was informed that the Project Implementation Agency (PIA) will be selected by State Level Project Appraisal Committee in which experts from National Institute of Rural Development and DDU-GYK will participate along with the officers of the State Government.

“The State is establishing Himayat Mission Management Unit at the State Level within one month whereas the JKSRLM will oversee the overall implementation of the program in the state. The PIAs will be allocated targets district wise,” Director National Rural Livelihood Mission, Dr GN Qasba, said.

He said the aspirants will be trained in and outside the State, “A provision has been kept for foreign placements. To begin with, about 1000 youth shall be placed outside the country. Also, a special provision for 40,000 female placements shall also be covered over the next three years,” he said.

The meeting was also attended by Commissioner Secretary, Rural Development Department, Khurshid Ahmad Shah, besides other officers of the department.

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