Staff Reporter

It aims to provide placements to youth

  • IT, BT sectors attract highest number of applications
  • Suvarna Karnataka Kaigarika Samavesha planned in November

    BANGALORE: The Suvarna Kayaka Shikshana Yojane to give on-job training for unemployed youth and to provide placements in private and public sector has thrown up 90,000 vacancies, for which the Government has received 45,000 applications, Minister for Major and Minor Industries Katta Subramanya Naidu said on Monday.

    Mr. Naidu told presspersons that the response to the scheme announced in the budget, and articulated in the industrial policy was "very good." Come November, many who have completed training will get placed in jobs suitable to their qualifications.

    The information technology and bio-technology sectors have attracted the highest number of applications, and the readymade garments sector comes a close second. Engineering, food processing, hotels, printing, and education are the other sectors where the job prospects for unemployed youth are looking up.

    Training programmes

    Mr. Naidu said the training programmes are of six, nine and twelve month duration. The placement will begin next month and by the time the 45,000 applications have been placed in the first phase, the recruitment for the remaining vacancies will begin. Young people who have passed their seventh standard, diploma holders in engineering and graduates can hope to get jobs as attenders, housekeeping or fitters, turners and electricians, depending on their qualifications. The Printers' Association has committed to provide 25,000 jobs. Mr. Naidu said the mode of payment of salary was being worked out, but the prospective employers were suggesting that the funds be released to them at one time, and disbursed to the employees on a monthly basis

    SEZ in Belgaum

    Mr. Naidu said the Government had planned to set up a multi-product Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Belgaum, a commitment made at the recent legislature session. The trade bodies in Hubli-Dharwad are keen on having a SEZ and he would be visiting Hubli on Friday to talk to the representatives, he said. The Minister will also visit Belgaum and Gulbarga where the industry representatives are expecting the Government to launch some schemes.

    A delegation comprising industry leaders and others would visit Shimoga to assess the investment potential there, he said.

    Kannada policy

    Asked about the commitment to implement the Sarojini Mahishi Report recommendations on reservation in jobs for Kannadigas, Mr. Naidu first claimed that 85 per cent of jobs in the private sector were held by Kannadigas.

    Later, he conceded that many migrant non-Kannadigas were taking away the jobs meant for locals. He said he would personally inspect some of the industries, call for their records, and seek a report on the number of Kannadigas employed by them at different levels.

    Kaigarika Samavesha

    As part of Suvarna Karnataka celebrations, the Government has planned Suvarna Karnataka Kaigarika Samavesha in November. Prominent industry leaders would be chosen "Industry Ambassadors" for the State, and non-resident Kannadigas would be hosted at conferences and investors' meets he said.