Over 1,000 Kashmiri youths offered jobs

December 17th, 2011 - 10:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Dec 17 (IANS) More than 1,000 youths Saturday got on-the-spot employment offers from private companies in and outside the state, said Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

At a function in the Kashmir University, employment letters were given to 1,059 youth.

The chief minister said the economy of the country started growing about 20 years ago but the state, particularly the Kashmir Valley, could not gain from the liberalisation due to the turmoil.

“Now the time has come to take full advantage of all the developmental schemes which will enable us not only to provide employment to our youth, but also accelerate economic, industrial and trade activity in the state,” he said.

“We have to create opportunities for employment through the private sector,” he said.

The chief minister expressed happiness that under project Himayat, under which the youth get training, a large number of candidates got jobs in the state and outside.

Besides Abdullah, union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, chairman, economic advisory council to prime minister C. Rangarajan, state Rural Development Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar, Kashmir University Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmed and senior officers of central and the state governments were also present on the occasion.

Ramesh said apart from project Himayat, another project, Udaan, was being launched under which 40,000 youth will be trained in the next five years.

Rangarajan said the basic idea for launching project Himayat was to ensure the development of skill and self-confidence of the youth.

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