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.
“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.