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Online push for rural jobs

Rural development minister Nitish Mishra on Thursday launched a website called JEEViKA Skills (www.jeevikaskillsmis.com) to impart skills training to 15 lakh unemployed rural youths.

Bihar rural livelihood promotion society, better known as JEEViKA, is working towards organising rural people in self-help groups and engaging them in productive works through resource mobilisation.

“Our department has been implementing programmes related to skill development and placement of rural youths at large scale in its endeavour to eradicate poverty. We have set our target to impart market-linked skill training and placement of 15 lakh youths by 2017. The youths would be from the age group of 18-35 and should be from the weaker sections (below poverty line). After imparting skill training, 75 per cent youths would be provided employment opportunities in the emerging markets,” said minister Mishra.

In September, chief minister Nitish Kumar had announced to provide vocational training to one crore people in the next four years under its skill development mission for better employment opportunities.

So far a database of nearly 1 lakh youths has been prepared, out of which, the digital data of 42,000 youths are already available on the website.

“For efficiency and transparency in the process, the department has dedicated a separate website for skill training and placement,” Mishra said.

Department secretary Amrit Lall Meena said: “The website will have information related to youth database, skill training, placement status, number of candidates trained and placed, visibility of training centre through geographic information system and online proposal submission by the project implementing agency for new projects under skill development.”

He added: “The website has the provision to track the quality of training, capturing attendance through biometric and post-placement candidate tracking for a year.”