In A Record, 3,100 Jammu And Kashmir Youth Offered Jobs In A Year

10 May 2015
The Economic Times
Aman Sharma

New Delhi: Over 3,100 youths in Jammu & Kashmir were offered jobs by corporates in the last one year, the highest since the Udaan jobs scheme of the Centre took off in 2013, but 57% of these candidates have preferred the Information Technology (IT) sector which offers an average monthly salary of only Rs 15000, a factor that is still ailing the scheme. The upswing will nonetheless be cited as an achievement by the Home Ministry on the NDA's first anniversary given the quantum jump in the number of selections, trainings and jobs offered under the NDA tenure, specifically post the September 2014 floods in the state when the Centre changed its strategy and opted for 13 mega recruitment drives in remote locations of J&K. Compared to just 942 jobs offered in J&K till March last year since its inception in 2013, 3133 jobs were offered in the last year and corporates reached out to 17,000 youth for training through 327 selection drives in this period, as per figures compiled by MHA for its oneyear report card. 74 leading corporates like Accenture, HCL, TCS, Bajaj Allianz and Wipro have committed to train 94,300 J&K youth with 61,000 registering with Udaan, a big jump in the last year as 54 companies had committed to train 68,738 J&K youth till last March, the home ministry says. 4903 candidates also joined corporates for training in the last one year compared to just 4318 till March last year - the job offer follows the training if the company is satisfied with the candidate's capability after the government pays the training cost to the corporate in question. 'We aim that companies have such a good experience in hiring candidates from J&K that J&K's colleges and universities become a normal recruiting ground for them,' an official told ET. Low salaries offered by corporates, however, remains a stumbling block.