Deputy chief minister Hemant Soren congratulates one of the beneficiaries of Swarna Jayanti Sahari Rozgar Yojana in Sidhgora on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The urban unemployed may soon cherish the joy of a job.
For, the state has pledged to not only provide them with vocational training, but also placements in government and private firms. Deputy chief minister Hemant Soren made this happy announcement in the city on Friday.
Hemant, who also holds the urban development portfolio, was here to give away certificates to beneficiaries of the Swarna Jayanti Sahari Rozgar Yojana at Birsa Munda Town Hall in Sidhgora.
“It is heartening to see that the Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) and the Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) have provided skill development training to as many as 2,350 urban youths in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 financial years, which is the highest in the state so far. The urban development department is now focussing on providing them with proper placements in association with private and government firms,” he said.
Out of the 2,350 beneficiaries of the urban job training scheme, only 1,102 have so far bagged placements through JNAC and MNAC. Cent per cent employment is the target, the minister asserted.
Under the Swarna Jayanti Sahari Rozgar Yojana, the youths received training in computer, beauty, stitching, zari and jewellery works, mobile repairing, painting, bag making, driving, food-processing and candle and soap making.
Hemant said talks were on to start new courses like housekeeping and food and beverage handling in partnership with NGOs and private firms.
Apart from promising jobs to unemployed urban youths, the deputy chief minister also pledged a solution to a long-pending demand of freedom fighters and their successors by Republic Day.
Five freedom fighters and 17 successors, under the banner of Singhbhum Zilla Swatantra Senani Evam Utradhikari Sangh, had skipped the Independence Day function at Gopal Maidan this year in protest against the government’s delay in allocating them promised land for homes.
Initially, East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Himani Pande had identified two acres near Turiabera in Baliguma panchayat area, around 8km from the steel city, for the purpose. A co-operative, Swatantra Senani Griha Nirman Swavlambhi Sahakari Samiti, was also floated.
However, the land reforms and revenue department rejected the district administration’s proposal in July, citing a government law banning transfer of urban and semi-urban land to private organisations.
Offering hope, Hemant said: “I have discussed this matter with the East Singhbhum district administration. I will raise the issue with the land reforms and and revenue department so that land is allocated to freedom fighters at a location close to the city.”
The minister also maintained that paucity of land would not pose a hurdle in completion of the solid waste management project under JNNURM in the city.
The solid waste treatment plant is plagued by land issues in Khairbani, where local residents are up in arms against the project. “The administration will make these people aware of the significance of the project. The land is government land and the project will take off shortly,” Hemant promised.