The Employment Generation
Amid growing protests by graduates over the class fourth job posts being reserved for 10+2 candidates only, Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta recently reviewed the project-wise potential for employment generation in Jammu and Kashmir. The government said they now plan to train 20,000 youth in market-driven skills so that they can be linked with gainful employment in various sectors. Mission Youth, they said will be providing livelihood opportunities to 50,000 youth through various systematic interventions. The Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department will take up the establishment of 1000 units each in animal (dairy) and sheep sectors, besides 500 fishery units to engage approximately 15,000 people during 2021-22. The Jammu and Kashmir Rural Livelihood Mission has so far linked 46,000 self-help groups to financial institutions with Rs 591 crore worth of credit lines. The government is mulling to target 44,000 self-help groups, reaching out to approximately 2.20 lakh beneficiaries through social and financial mobilization, during this financial year.
With rising mental morbidity across Jammu and Kashmir, the government last week started a 24×7 mental health helpline Sukoon to cater to the people experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, panic attack, PTSD, adjustment disorder, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, mental health emergency and pandemic induced psychological stress. This initiative launched by SDRF First Battalion Kashmir in collaboration with Mission Youth Jammu and Kashmir and Tourism Department will guide the caller to avail services of clinical psychologists, therapists, counsellors and psychiatrists and provide round the clock one to one support, free and confidential services to those experiencing mental health issues. The helpline number is 1800-1807159.
Amid the 149-year-old Darbar Move coming to an end owing to the shifting of the civil secretariat to e-office, a two-day Regional Conference on Replication of Good Governance Practices was held in Srinagar last week. At the conference the government stated that e-Office is one of the reformative steps taken by the Government to put an end to the Darbar Move, thus saving crores of rupees spent on transporting files in hundreds of trucks from Jammu to Srinagar and from vice-versa. The government stated that the aim is to make 100 per cent electronic delivery of government services in all 10 districts so that corruption can be curbed further. The government stated that for better governance at the grassroots level Rs 12,600 crore District Capex Budget has been announced which is double the last year’s Budget of Rs 5134 crore. Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, and Dr Jitendra Singh, a minister in PMO, attended the meeting.
The Department of Youth Services and Sports and Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council will engage 17.5 lakh boys and girls from across Jammu and Kashmir in different sports disciplines during the ongoing financial year. The government said that 1628 panchayats playfields are being developed while for the rest of the panchayats, school grounds will be utilized for the sporting activities for the time being. The government also stated that Jammu and Kashmir is going to host 17 national events in different sports disciplines with target participation of around 12000 athletes from other States/UTs, which will help in promoting sports amongst the younger generation in the UT. The government said that a total of 6,27,166 sportspersons had participated in 2020-21 under Departmental Activities; Back To Village-3; Trekking; My Town My Pride; 24th National Youth Festival; Snow Skiing and Fit India and Rashtriya Ekta Diwas events. The government said that in-House Academies for Excellence of Sports Council will enrol 5000 trainees. The government further said that 26 sports projects have been submitted to the Ministry of Sports, Government of India for sanction; besides a total of 93 projects out of 134 projects (including 18 lighting Projects) were completed under JKIDFC. The government said that under PMDP, Rs 200 crore have been sanctioned for 31 projects including 22 multipurpose Indoor Sports Halls, up-gradation of 03 projects, 2 lighting projects, 02 Water Sports Centres and 02 Main Stadiums, and 12 out of 19 projects which were taken up by the Sports Council stands completed.
In its first meeting, the High-Level Land Allotment Committee has approved the allotment of land for establishing industrial projects having investment in Rs 50 – Rs 200 crore range. Principal Secretary, Rajan P Thakur presided over the meeting. The Committee took up 23 cases for the allotment of land in Jammu Division with a projected investment of Rs 2447 crore. After deliberations on case to case basis, the committee approved 15 cases of land allotment with a projected investment of Rs 1548 crore and employment potential of 5000. The Committee decided to keep eight projects pending on the basis of huge requirement of power for operation with less employment potential and also due to restriction on setting up of Red category units in Industrial Area Ghatti, Kathua.
The meeting was informed that proposals with a projected investment of Rs 10,000 crore and employment potential of around 34000 persons in Jammu and about Rs 10,000 crore and employment potential of around 50000 persons in Kashmir are under the process of being approved.