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Odisha to focus on rural employment and Public Service Delivery

 

Monday June 09, 2014

Odisha, Rural Youth, Skill Development, Public Services Delivery  
 

Odisha government has set a target of training 170000 youth in the current year out of which State Employment Mission is to train 60,000 youth and the rest is to be trained by other departments. Accordingly, Mission has grounded the activities from September, 2012. In the mean while, 14 Training Partners have been put to job and 62 training centers have been set up in different districts.

 
HNF Correspondent  
   

In order to open up employment opportunities for the rural youth of Odisha and ensure various services to people within a specific time period, Chief Secretary of the state, Bijay Kumar Patnaik, directed the Collectors of all districts to locate and commission Training Centers on a priority basis for skill development activities and give utmost attention for successful implementation of the Odisha Public Service Delivery Act and ensure that all the 34 services enlisted are delivered within specified time frame without fail. While giving these instructions through video conferencing held in the secretariat conference hall on January 2, the Chief Secretary advised each of the Collectors to develop their own mechanism for implementation and monitoring of the Odisha Public Service Act in their respective district.

 

As per the discussions held in the video conference session, Odisha government has set a target of training 170000 youth in the current year out of which State Employment Mission is to train 60,000 youth and the rest is to be trained by other departments.

Accordingly, Mission has grounded the activities from September, 2012. In the mean while, 14 Training Partners have been put to job and 62 training centers have been set up in different districts. As informed by the Director of Employment Mission, Odisha, Hemant Kumar Sharma, more training partners (around 14) are to be finalized in a month and the training partners are to be asked on first come and first serve basis to start their centers in districts.

In order to make the statewide skill development programme a success, mobilization camps have been organized in various districts and about one lakh candidates have been enlisted for different training programmes basing upon their field of choice. By now, employment mission has started centers in various districts to train 4553 candidates in a batch. However, in order to fulfill the target set by the government, this is to be scaled up soon by putting in of more number of training partners and by setting up new centers for training. National level agencies like Skylark, Grass Academy, Globsyn Skills, Britti Prasikshyan, L&T, Seri Sahaj, Gram Tarang, Basix Academy, Team Lease, CIDC, IL&FS, Empower Pragati and a few more have been engaged as training partners by now.

As per information provided by the office of the Chief Secretary, Odisha, 3737 candidates are receiving training in different districts now where as 2207 have completed their training and 1345 have got employment through Placement Linked Training Programmes. The Collectors are further advised by the Chief Secretary to keep at least 10 locations ready, by January 15, for setting up of new training centers so that training partners can be tagged up to those places. The Collectors have been asked to provide government buildings for the purpose if available or hire private buildings on reasonable rent-price.

The Collectors have also been directed to organize Job Fairs in each district by the end of current financial year. The Chief Secretary has directed specifically to make the Job fairs more focused and result oriented with prior scrutiny and screening.

Speaking to the Collectors, Secretary, E & TE and Training, Dr C. S. Kumar told that Kausal Vikash Yojana is to be started soon in various districts. Saying that the blocks not having a Government ITI is to be made eligible to get an ITI on PPP mode under the Yojana, Kumar requested the Collectors to make site selection for these institutions. Adding to this, Director of Employment Mission, Sharma, informed that a few poly-technique institutions have already been constructed in different districts who would take students from this session. He advised the Collectors to expedite the process of issuing land use and alienation certificates within January 15.

On the other hand, the Collector of Cuttack district has been advised to enhance the capacity of ITI and Bhubananand Odisha School of Engineering (BOSE) in Cuttack in addition to setting up of Skill Training Centers. The Collector has been asked to identify suitable location for the Second Campuses ITI and Poly-Technique in Cuttack as the existing campuses do not have sufficient space for expansion.

The Chief Secretary put more stress on taking up such activities which will open up the mind-set of the rural youth and prepare them to avail the opportunities within the locality or, even, outside.

 
 

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