Remodelled Himayat scheme aims to make unemployed youth job-ready

Miran Sahib, Nov 25: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Abdul Haq on Saturday visited Miran Sahib to get first hand appraisal of the facilities and training being provided to the youth by Surya Skills under Himayat Scheme (DDU-GKY).

The Minister was accompanied by Mission Director SRLM, Bakshi Javid , Additional Mission Director SRLM (Jammu) Kapil Sharma and other senior officers of the  department besides officials and trainers of Surya  Skills.

About 200 students including 65 girls are undergoing various skill development trainings at Training centre of Surya Skills in Miran Sahib Jammu in Hospitality and retail marketing domain under the Himayat Scheme.

The Minister visited the lecture rooms, library and well established laboratories, Audio Visual Labs, Bio-metric and online monitoring systems installed in the training centre. The minister also inspected the boarding facilities, canteen and other facilities being provided by the PIA to the students.

Most of the students of this batch hail from very far of places of Jammu division including Kalakote, Mud, Mahore and other hilly areas.

While interacting with the Minister, the students expressed satisfaction over the facilities being provided to them and also put forth some grievances which were resolved on the spot. The trainers and the teaching staff at the Surya Skills informed the minister that the batch is one of the finest batches as the students are very talented, responsive and intelligent.

Talking to students, Abdul Haq said Himayat is a skill development cum placement programme for unemployed youth in J&K under the umbrella of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gramin Koushalaya Yojana (DDU-GKY), Union Ministry of Rural Development with focus on sustainable employment for rural poor youth. He said JKSRLM has been entrusted with the responsibility of training and placing over 1.24 lakh JK youth with an allocation of Rs 1601.51 crore for a period of 3 years.

The Minister said Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti launched the remodelled Himayat scheme earlier this year with an aim to train the unemployed youth in different sectors so that they get employment at the earliest. He said around three projects have been sanctioned by JKSRLM.

He said 9751 candidates are to be covered in the present round of four project applications and that first instalment has been released to the PIAs including Surya, Apollo and Manpower for the mobilization of candidates which is under progress.