The State government has decided to carry out, in three stages, the employment scheme for unemployed youth announced by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Independence Day.
District-wise job fairs will be organised. On the basis of educational qualifications of candidates and requirements of private industrial establishments, candidates will be selected.
They will be trained by the establishments concerned, which, on completion of training, will absorb the candidates, according to an order issued recently.
Broadly, beneficiaries will be divided into two groups.
Those who have completed 10th or 12th standard will be provided ordinary job skill training, while those holding engineering degrees or arts and science graduates/post graduates will be trained for highly skilled jobs. This year, one lakh youth will be covered under the scheme that will be implemented on a mission mode. A sum of Rs.50 crore has been earmarked.
As on August 31, about 66 lakh candidates were waiting on the live register of employment exchanges.
According to a senior government official, the Labour and Employment department will furnish to the private firms lists of names of those who had registered with the employment exchanges.
Guidelines, now under preparation, will be released by the government shortly.
Another official says that unlike two other programmes – the Union government's skill development initiative and the State government's modular employable skill training programme for unemployed youth – the new scheme seeks to guarantee provision of jobs to the beneficiaries.
In view of the department's project of networking of all employment exchanges in the State, the government on Thursday announced that the exchanges would suspend registration, renewal, data updating, address change and nomination till September 14. From September 15, registration, either online or directly at exchanges, would resume.