The State government has claimed that it is providing 1,000 jobs daily to the youth under Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu.

The claim was made in a press note issued by the office of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy following a review of the scheme by him here on Thursday with Ministers -- Vatti Vasanth Kumar, M. Maheedhar Reddy, D. Manikya Varaprasada Rao, P. Balaraju and Kondru Murali -- Chief Secretary Minnie Mathew and other officials.

Not even 2 lakh jobs

However, enquiries with the Employment Training Department revealed that the achievement was not even two lakh jobs annually. The government’s claim that it had offered 2.7 lakh jobs under the scheme so far since 2011 when it was launched, is also suspect.

The scheme aims at training youth in skills in association with institutions like National Academy of Construction, Apparel Training & Designing Centre etc. Once the training is completed, the youths are shifted to private companies on the latter’s indent. But, it was found that a majority of the candidates were leaving these job offers for greener pastures, after finding out that the salaries being offered were very low.

Minister for Tribal Welfare P. Balaraju later said a decision was taken at the meeting to work out details for providing accommodation to these youths if they were employed by private firms in cities like Hyderabad. Another decision taken provided for appointment of special officers to ‘search jobs’ in the private sector for the trained youths for immediate absorption.