Rangarajan Kashmir employment and employability report

Srinagar: The Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on March 3 said that the recommendations put forth by Rangarajan Committee for creating employment and employability in the state of Jammu & Kashmir would go a long way in tackling unemployment challenges, here.

“It would be a prime responsibility of the government to implement recommendations in letter and spirit,” said the chief minister at a function organized here at SKICC in connection with a copy of the report on jobs plan presented to him by former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor and chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council and the expert group on jobs plan for the state, Dr. C. Rangarajan.

The report was submitted to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on March 4 at Jammu. The expert group has proposed that an amount of Rs. 2000 crores has to be spent on various skill development and direct employment initiatives. It has also proposed that IGNOU should launch two regional placement centres so as to provide career-counselling.

Dr. Rangarajan says that the group has recommended two-pronged strategy for creating jobs that include skill-development and direct-employment initiatives envisaging improvement in skill-sets through access to education and focused placement-oriented training. “It has also identified sectors having large employment potential to kick start the growth process in the state”.

According to the report, there is a need for launching a special industry initiative in PPP mode as the same is likely to provide skills and jobs to 40,000 youth in five years. “Companies like Infosys Technologies, Tata Consultancy Services, Godrej and Boyce, BILT, Crompton Greaves and others have evinced their interest in this regard. A special training programme by Infosys technology in collaboration with IIT Bangalore has to be carried out and an amount of Rs. 500 crores has to be allocated for it”.

Laying emphasis on increasing access to education, it says “a special scholarship scheme should be launched for the state so that 25,000 students benefit over a period of five years”. Referring to skill employment and empowerment scheme, it adds that a placement-linked and market-driven skill-training programme needs to be introduced for providing training to 50,000-1,00,000 youth over a period of 3 to 5 years.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2011 on page no. 15

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