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Mukul flags off job scheme

Tura, Feb. 21: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today said unemployed youths in Garo hills were being lured by militant groups with the promise of easy money.

Speaking during the launch of a skill development programme under the chief minister’s employment generation scheme at Tura, Sangma said his government was committed to creating jobs for youths in the state.

Stating that no more government jobs could be created, the chief minister said: “The government is trying to provide opportunities in different sectors to rural and urban youths so that they can avail of better options for their livelihood.”

As part of the skill development initiative, 200 youths from West and South West Garo Hills are being recruited. These youths will be trained as security guards. The Meghalaya government has inked a memorandum of understanding with Peregrine Guarding Pvt Ltd to train and place the youths within and outside the state.

Talking about investment in education, Sangma said: “Two medical colleges are being built in Shillong and Tura under public–private partnership mode.”

“Meghalaya has a legacy of imparting quality education. It is an important area in which we can brand the state as a destination for education and health. This is our strength,” he said.

On improving IT infrastructure in all government schools, he announced that the ministry of science and technology would provide funds to set up Wi-Fi connectivity in all schools.

The chief minister hoped that quality education in rural areas would minimise migration of people to urban areas.

Sangma also launched “Mesh Net”, an initiative, which will connect all health institutions, including public health centres and community health centres, with video conferencing facilities.

The technology will help health institutions to treat patients through telemedicine.

“It will bring the health care institutions under surveillance and will ensure efficient monitoring of facilities”.