We Want To Explore Job Opportunities Within, Outside JK: Rangarajan25 November 2010
Jammu: The expert group appointed by Government of India to formulate a comprehensive job plan for Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday said its special focus was to explore the possibilities of increasing employment opportunities for the youth within and outside the state. “We are looking at all the possibilities to increase employment within JK and outside. Our focus is how the growth of various sectors can be accelerated in order to increase the employment opportunities in JK,” Chairman of the group, Dr C Rangarajan told reporters after chairing a high level meeting here. “The group is also looking for providing adequate training to the people so that they may become employable, besides focusing its attention on Skill development,” he added. The chairman informed that the committee would meet again at New Delhi to discuss the various suggestions and submit its report soon. The Rangarajan Committee has been constituted by Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh to explore employment opportunities for youth of the state. Earlier, the expert group convened a high-level meeting to discuss matters relating to formation of comprehensive employment plan for youth of the state. On Wednesday, the committee held meetings with the representatives of Agriculture and Horticulture at Srinagar and also had a meeting with the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The representatives from industry demanded refund of 100 per cent Central Excise Duty, all incentives to existing industrial units, income tax exemption to the existing units, refund of overflow of cenvat credit and restoration of grace period. They also suggested that state youth be employed in Central PSUs, one time grant for land acquisition, development of power grid to feed industrial units and transport subsidy on finished goods. The meeting was also attended by Chief Secretary, S S Kapoor, Principal Secretary Planning and Development Khurshid Ganai, Principal Secretary, Finance, Sudhanshu Pandey, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B B Vyas, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal, Chairman, Federation of Industries and President AOI, T S Reen, Co-Chairman, Federation of Industries and President BBIA, Annil Suri and Chairman, Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Y. V. Sharma. Later, the expert group called on the Governor, N N Vohra, at Raj Bhavan and held discussion with him for a comprehensive job plan. Rangarajan held wide-ranging discussions with the Governor for over an hour in regard to the formulation of the employment plan. The Governor, at the meeting, focused on various sectors like agriculture, horticulture, poultry, dairy farming, industry, handicrafts and tourism which possess huge potential through appropriately designed interventions for generating employment avenues for the youth of the state. The Governor observed that effective and time bound action to implement presently available Central and Centrally aided programmes, all of which will not only contribute to development but also to job creation, there is need for putting in place a job plan to effectively address the issue of unemployment on short, medium and long-term basis to secure the desired outcome. He added that skill upgradation of the youth as per the present and futuristic job market trends can go a long way in enhancing their employability. He was of the view that such a holistic approach could make the required difference as far as addressing the problem of unemployment is concerned. The Governor also hosted a lunch for visiting Expert Group, comprising, interalia, T. Nand Kumar, former Union Secretary of Agriculture, Y V Sharma, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jammu, Shakeel Qalandar, K. Skandan, Joint Secretary, MHA and K P Krishana, EAC.