Employment exchange centres to be converted into HR centres

Special Correspondent

Jobs to be provided to 10 lakh youth in the next five years

SHIMOGA: Minister for Labour B.N. Bachhe Gowda has said that employment exchange centres will be converted into human resources centres.

Addressing presspersons on the occasion of the two-day 10th Bruhat Koushalya Abhvruddhi and Udyog Mela which began here on Saturday, he said that employment exchange centres functioned only as centres for registering names and other details of job-seekers. Henceforth, they would function as human resources centres as in some foreign countries, he added.

He said the district employment exchange centres in Gulbarga and Bijapur would be converted into human resources centres on an experimental basis. The proposed human resources centres would assess the talent among the job-seekers after registering their names so that they could be referred to private firms for consideration.

Mr. Gowda said that training was being given by industrial training institutes in 35 sectors of the 71 identified by the National Council for Vocational Training. Training was being given in marine engineering at an ITI in Karwar, appreciating its importance in the area.

He said that it was important to note that apart from private companies, the Indian Air Force too selected several candidates in the job melas organised in different parts of the State by the Government.

He said that it was proposed to provide jobs to nearly 10 lakh youth in the next five years during the melas to be conducted. As many as 1.63 lakh youth participated in the last nine job melas of whom 62,000 were able to get jobs. Mr. Gowda thanked Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa for increasing the budgetary allocation to his department from Rs. 150 crore to Rs. 300 crore.