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.