Rajasthan bid to create jobs with help of private sector

`A draft policy would be shortly formulated'

Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: The role of private sector, voluntary organisations and Panchayati Raj bodies in evolving a lasting solution to the issue of unemployment in Rajasthan was highlighted at a round table conference here on Saturday.

The event was organised jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the State Government's Department of Rural Development.

The Chief Secretary, Anil Vaish, inaugurating the meet, said though agriculture and animal husbandry were the main sources of livelihood in the rural areas, more avenues could be promoted with the help of private sector. He suggested that self-employment in the non-farm sectors should be encouraged on a large scale.

The programme administrator of UNDP, Cemel Dervis, pointed out that despite a record economic growth during the previous year, employment opportunities were not created in sufficient numbers. He said the private sector should join hands with the Government for solving the problem.

The Chairman of Rajasthan State Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), R.K. Poddar, said the industrial units in the State would strive for development linked with employment generation. The country representative of UNDP, Maxin Olsen, said the U.N. body would assist in increasing productivity of rural craftspersons and farmers in the State.

The vice-chairman of the Rajasthan Livelihood Mission and former Chief Secretary, M.L. Mehta, said a draft policy for public-private participation for increasing employment opportunities would be shortly formulated and submitted to the State Government. The Livelihood Mission is headed by the Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje.

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