CS reviews progress of skill initiatives for youth

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 9: Chief Secretary, B B Vyas today chaired a meeting to review the implementation of the skill and employment initiatives for youth across various departments including the two flagship employment schemes of the Government viz UMEED and Himayat.
Administrative Secretaries of the Departments of Youth Services and Sports, Technical Education, Labour & Employment, School Education, Special Secretary Social Welfare, MD, J&K Women’s Development Corporation, Mission Director, SRLM, Mission Director Skill Development, Mission Director NULM and other senior officers were present.
A detailed account of the implementation status of the skill initiatives for youth/ women across various departments was presented during the meeting with directions from the Chief Secretary to the Mission Director, Skill Development to consolidate the information/ progress of each department for capturing the exact picture of the outreach effort.
Chief Secretary also emphasized on enhancing employment opportunities for youth by training them in skills required for absorption in projects/fields like those associated with Railways, Hotels, Industry and Hydro Power Projects.
It was informed that under UMEED, which aims at financial inclusion of the poor especially women and linking them to sustainable livelihood opportunities, 24000 SHGs have been constituted covering over 2.4 lakh women.
Similarly, under the remodeled Himayat programme, JKSRLM is facilitating training of un-employed youth through skill courses for duration of 6, 9 and 12 months. As on date, more than 10,000 candidates have registered for skill training under the programme.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary chaired a video conference with DCs to review the preparations in regard to the upcoming exams being conducted by the Jammu & Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) in the month of April and May, 2018, for recruitment of candidates to various posts in the Government including in School Education and Revenue departments.
Principal Secretary, Home, Director General of Police, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Commissioner, Secretary, GAD, ADGP, Security, IGP, Jammu, Chairman, JKSSB and other senior officers were present, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, IGP, Kashmir and other senior officers participated through video conferencing.
As many as 4 lakh candidates will sit for these exams from across the state, for which examination centres have been kept in the districts of Srinagar, Budgam, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Anantnag, Jammu, Samba and Udhampur.
Calling upon all the stakeholders to ensure smooth, transparent and incident free exams, Chief Secretary asked the concerned DCs to constitute teams comprising officers of civil/police department and assigning each member dedicated tasks and responsibilities.