1000 crore project was designed by the UPA govt to provide employment opportunities to Kashmiri youth in the corporate sector.
As many as 37 corporates including Tata Motors, Wipro, Yes Bank, HCL, NTPC, BHEL, ONGC, TCS, Bajaj, SREI and Canara Bank were roped in by the govt for project ‘Udaan’.
At a high level review meeting of the project the big corporate houses informed the Union Home Ministry that the Kashmiri youth selected for skill development and on-job training projects were dropping out and attributed it to their reluctance to working outside the Valley. The Centre, however, contended the low salaries offered to them by the corporate were one of the main reasons for their dropping. It also asked the companies to set an example by operating from places like Jammu and Ladakh.
The main objective of the project was to recruit the Kashmiri youth in the corporate sector in a bid to bring them into societal mainstream. The MHA bears the lion share of the Rs 1,000-crore project, which intends to create 40,000 jobs in the corporate sector within five years for the younger generation from the troubled State.
“It’s mostly their parents who advice them not leave the Valley. Even after a year-long training, some are not joining. We are noticing homesickness during the training at our centres in Metros like Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore,” observed a senior executive.
A majority of the top executives pointed out the hindrances from the State administration in recruitment like inordinate delays in police verification of the selected youth.
Officials from PSUs like NTPC and ONGC pointed out that their present norms prevent them from absorbing the entire people who got training. “They have to come through certain procedures. We are training them. But they want job assurance and so many dropouts are happening which results in monetary losses for us,” said a PSU official.
Responding to the concerns raised by private and public sectors, Union Home Secretary Secretary Anil Goswami pointed out the low salaries offered by the corporates to the youth was also a reason for such dropouts. He asked the corporates to make the pay package lucrative for the youth.
“J&K is not a poor State. You are offering jobs only in the Rs 10,000-15,000 range and that too for jobs outside their State. Why would they leave the Valley, when they could earn that much in their home town itself? You have to offer more. You are talking about lower level jobs. You should consider them for higher jobs,” Goswami said.
Assuring fast pace in police security clearance, the Home Secretary asked the corporates to keep their promises given to the youth and not cancel the promised projects. “I agree there are problems in certain locations in Kashmir. But why can’t you operate in Jammu and Ladakh? You appoint some persons in their hometowns and that should be visible example for others,” he said.