Srinagar, December 30: The Jammu and Kashmir State Overseas Employment Corporation Limited (JKSOECL) was set up in October 2009 with an aim to facilitate employment opportunities outside the country to job seekers. After 6 years of establishment, it has failed to place even a single youth of the state overseas.
As reported by a local daily, the government had spent an amount of Rs 5 crore for its establishment and money is being spent in the name of hefty salaries to its employees and other administrative expenses. A target had been set to facilitate 7,000 jobs within five years for the educated and skilled labour force within and outside the country. But now, questions are being raised on its establishment and functioning as it has failed to place even a single youth abroad.
Sources said that the State Government has provided Rs 5.85 crore to the corporation since 2009-10 and most of it been spent on salary and administrative expenses. They further informed that that 2000 candidates were registered under doctor, engineer, paramedic and unskilled categories but not a single placement has been made so far.
“JKSOECL was set up as a ‘landmark initiative’ by the NC government under Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Program for Youth (SKEWPY), on the pattern of what existed in Tamil Nadu to boost employment opportunities in the state,” said the sources as quoted by Daily Excelsior.
The sources further explain that the Corporation had been authorized to use its New Delhi office to tie-up with the outside Governments and private companies for recruitment of youth. They were asked to register at their respective district employment and counseling centers and were to be given voluntary service allowance till they got a job or attain the age of 37, whichever was earlier. However, it has proved a failure for the unemployed youth of J&K.
“The skills of Jammu and Kashmir youth hardly match the international job requirements which is become a hurdle in seeking employment for these youth,” an official of JKSOECL said.
He added that to match the skill required in overseas markets, the Government need to hone the skills of workers as is being done in other Asian countries. But the Corporation has failed to make any efforts in this regard.