Friday, December 7, 2012

Cong promises 1 L govt jobs to youths

Gujarat EDN
DNA 18SEP2012

Party said all industries will be asked to reserve 80% jobs for Guj youths
DNA Correspondent l Ahmedabad
The Gujarat Congress on Monday announced the seventh point of its 12-point agenda and promised a slew of measures to provide the youths of the state better employment opportunities.
Speaking at a media briefing in the city, leaders of the party said that the Congress, if elected to form government after the upcoming assembly elections, will fill the 1 lakh vacancies in government and increase the upper age limit for these jobs to 35 years. Party leaders also said that Gujarati youths will be given preferential treatment in employment.
“Every factory will be asked to reserve 80% jobs for local youths and this will be made applicable to the existing factories as well,” said Arjun Modhvadia, president, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee.
The Congress further said that artisans and self-employed youths will be encouraged to take loans from banks or financial institutions for purchase of motorbikes. The interest on these loans will be paid by the party, the party leaders said.
“We will pay the interest on the loans so that it becomes easy for self-employed youths to purchase bikes. This will make it easier for them to commute between cities and villages,” said senior Congress leader, Shankarsinh Vaghela.
The party also promised to open 100 new Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), setting up of a ‘Gujarat Handicrafts Academy’ for training of artisans, and training in tannery work, weaving and knitting.
“We will strictly implement the Apprenticeship Act and train 5 lakh youths at skill development centres set up to create a world-class manpower,” said Shaktisinh Gohil, leader of opposition in the state assembly. With an eye on the votes of weavers, carpenters, Prajapatis, blacksmiths and other communities of artisans, the party promised job opportunities to unemployed youths and skilled workers, especially those in rural areas.
Party leaders said a scheme for allotment of land in GIDC would be announced and loans and subsidies would be given for self-employment of trained but unemployed youths. The party further said that technical and financial assistance would be provided to educated boys and girls of agriculturist families for setting up processing units.