Harnessing private job market key to address unemployment: Omar Abdullah

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday reiterated his Government’s vow to work in unison with the Union Government and the Governments of various States of the Country to ensure palatable and conducive environment for Jammu and Kashmir students, traders and employees outside the State and help them pursue their education, trade and service goals smoothly.

“I have already underlined this necessity while talking to the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and Chief Ministers of all the States”, he said elaborating that the State Government would be in continuous touch with other States in this regard besides keeping liaison with citizens of Jammu and Kashmir working outside the State.

“I have also emphasized the need for changing the mindset about Kashmiri youth prevailing in some people outside the State”, he said maintaining that Kashmiris need not to be viewed with suspicion. “They are working outside the State to earn respectable livelihood, pursue educational goals and conduct trade and business”, he added.
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Speaking at a function of handing over the placement letters to the trainees who have completed training under Himayat Programme at JKEDI premises near hear, the Chief Minister asked the boys and girls to grab the opportunity of getting gainful employment in private companies under Himayat and Udaan Programmes.

Advising youth of Jammu and Kashmir to shun inhibitions of working outside the State, the Chief Minister said that there is vast field available in the Country for them to earn their livelihood and prove their talent and mettle. He said minor incidents of scuffle between Kashmiris and outsiders during day to day life process outside the State should not be given different colour and blown out of the proposition.

Speaking on the occasion Union Minister for Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh said that more than 9 lakh women of Jammu and Kashmir are being organized in 90,000 Mahila Shayita Sumoh (Women Self Help Groups) during the next five years under Umeed Programme launched in the State in four blocks of Lar, Khanshahib, Basholi and Chenani.

The Union Minister said that during the current year 15,000 youth of Jammu and Kashmir would be imparted training and provided employment in private companies under Himayat while 5,200 youth have been so far provided jobs under the programme. “There are more than 900 youth trained under Himayat working successfully in various companies outside the State”, he said and added that while creating maximum jobs for the trained youth under Himayat within the State, the expanding outside job market for youth of J&K is also under active focus.

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