3 days Employment Fair begins at Pulwama

VSA initiated for unemployed educated youth: Malik

PULWAMA – To address the unemployment of educated youth, as many as 49000 unemployed youth are being provided voluntary service allowances besides Sher-i-Kashmir Employment Programme for youth has been launched to enable the educated unemployed youth to set up their income generating units.

This was stated by the Minister for High Education and Employment, Mr. Abdul Gani Malik while inaugurating the 3-days Employment Counselling Fair at Pulwama today. He said that various schemes have been initiated and the educated youth should avail these facilities being made available through state and centrally sponsored schemes. He said that Rs. 17 crore have been provided among the students as scholarships for continuing their studies adding that Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) has already been established in the district at Pampore to facilitate the educated unemployed youth.

Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Mr. Shafat Noor informed the Minister on the occasion that employment and counselling centre, Pulwama has till date provided Voluntary Service Allowances (VSA) to as many as 3384 educated unemployed youth in the district. Besides, Rs. 46 lakh have been provided as subsidy among 117 beneficiaries while Rs. 118 lakh have been distributed among 174 cases as margin money in the district.

As many as 25 departments of the district including Agriculture, Horticulture, Industries, Sheep Husbandry, Animal Husbandry, Handicrafts, Handloom and Fisheries departments have set up their stalls to make the youth aware about different ventures for establishing their own income generating units in the employment fair.

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