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Industry vows to train 2.8 lakh youths

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Launching its ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’ and ‘Karobaar Mission’ schemes, the Punjab government on Tuesday signed 34 memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with industrial houses and trade bodies to train 2.8 lakh youth. By imparting new skills to the youth, the government hopes to make them more employable and land jobs soon.

While addressing industrialists at `Ghar Ghar Rozgar Employers Meet’ at the Indian School of Business (ISB) at Mohali, Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal assured them of “full government support”. “We will not let the youth of our state shift to foreign countries in search of employment,” he said.

Though chief minister Amarinder Singh gave a miss to the meet at ISB, he handed over appointment letters to 25 youngsters at another function in Mohali later in the day to mark the conclusion of the mega job fair. The state government has claimed to have distributed a total of 27,000 appointment letters, including 3,000 for government posts, during the fair, which began on August 21. The chief minister also announced to soon start recruiting 50,000 people across categories in government departments.

Speaking at the event, Amarinder said salary packages provided in the appointment letters presented on Tuesday ranged from Rs 1.25 lakh to Rs 21 lakh per annum.
Praising private organizations as well as government departments for ma king the 21 district-wise job fairs organized as part of the series a “huge success”, the chief minister announced that the next job fair would be held in February 2018. The organizations that signed MoUs with the state government included: CII, ASSOCHAM, PHDCCI, and industries associations from Mohali and Ludhiana.

The department of employment generation and training also inked agreements with Ola and Uber. Speaking at the employers meet, industries minister Charanjit Singh Chan ni said since there were less chances of generating more income in agriculture, “state government has decided to strengthen existing industry and revive sick units”.

Badal and Channi also released the government’s `strategy paper’ for the growth of industries in Punjab.

Channi said the government would provide special incentives and cheap power to industries. “We expect you to establish agro based industry and ancillary units in the state,” Channi said to the industrialists. The minister also requested industrial houses to adopt ITIs and technical colleges to create efficient manpower.

Channi said the government would soon set up a university of vocational education to bridge the gap between academic qualifications and skills required in various jobs. It would also connect industry and academia, he added.

Read more: TOI