3 lakh plus job, self-employment opportunities created since April 2017: CM
More than 10,000 youths attended Young Uttarakhand-Towards Entrepreneurship and Employment programme inaugurated by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat at Parade Ground here on Wednesday. Prominent industrialists invited to the event also motivated the youth for self-employment.
Addressing the gathering, Rawat said that with the guidance and support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, various initiatives have been taken towards providing employment opportunities for the youth.
Following the first invester’s summit held in October last year, till March 2019 investment projects amounting to Rs 12,500 crore have been activated on the ground.
Referring to the immense tourism potential of the State, he said that tourism is a major source of employment opportunities. To make it the main source of livelihood, the State granted industry status to tourism with 13 new theme-based tourist destinations also being developed in 13 districts.
Working towards the target of making 5,000 homestays, the State already has 802 new homestays with electricity being supplied at domestic rates to such enterprises. Further, Mussoorie and Kedarnath will also be linked by ropeway soon. Such investment and policies are boosting self-employment in the State, he added.
He also spoke about how the State’s film policy had attracted film makers and also generated jobs for the locals. For the integrated development of Uttarakhand, for the first time the Government envisioned growth centres to facilitate income generation based on locally available resources in 670 Nyay Panchayats of the State. Such growth centres have been started in more than 100 places so far.
Referring to the forest wealth of Uttarakhand, Rawat said that pine is often criticised for forest fires but the State Government is working on generation of electricity from Pirul (dry pine needles).
This will not only mitigate the forest fire problem but also generate electricity and income for the locals. The CM spoke about the various initiates taken towards enhancing education along with provision of 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker members of general category.
He spoke about the measures taken for improving agriculture and capitalising on water reservoirs. Rawat said that since April 2017, more than three lakh opportunities for jobs and self employment had been generated in the State. Taking direct questions on different issues from youngsters from across the State, he stressed on the need for citizens to resolve and act to end corruption in society. He also spoke about the action taken by the Government as part of its policy of zero tolerance for corruption.
Replying to the youth, he spoke about measures taken to boost tourism, organic agriculture, mitigate migration and improve connectivity. Earlier, State Minister Dhan Singh Rawat welcomed the gathering and informed that more than 10,000 youth were attending the event apart from thousands in 52 degree colleges participating through video link.
Oyo CEO Aditya Ghosh and former CEO of HCL Technologies, Vineet Nayar who now heads the Sampark Foundation also addressed the gathering on the occasion.
Cabinet Ministers Prakash Pant, Harak Singh Rawat, Madan Kaushik and State minister Rekha Arya were also present on the occasion. Sectoral sessions were held later in the day. Representatives of about 50 companies apart from Government departments also participated in the event.
Unemployed youths torch State Govt’s effigy
When the State Government was organising ‘Young Uttarakhand, towards entrepreneurship and employment’ , the federation of unemployed youths held a demonstration at the protest site, demanding jobs.
The members of the federation who had gathered at the protest site intended to take out a rally, but they were not provided permission for it by the district administration. Later, the agitating members torched the effigy of the State Government by way of venting anger.
Speaking of the stir, they staged, the president of the federation Bobby Panwar said that the State Government, on one hand, is celebrating the year as employment year and, on the other, no employment is being provided to the unemployed.
He further said that instead of squandering away money on such a programme meant to confuse the people, the State Government should have firmed up a policy for providing employment. Panwar said that the BJP had promised to fill all the vacant posts within six months since coming to power.“But even after almost two years in power, the State Government is yet to live up to the promise. We are all frustrated with the apathy the State Government is showing to us. They have deceived us,” he said.
The speakers on the occasion warned that the unemployed youths would teach BJP a lesson in the upcoming Lok Sabha election if the recruitment process is not initiated soon in the interest of the unemployed.
Thursday, 07 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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