Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday called upon universities running short-term skill development courses and the industrial sector, especially the hotel industry, to join hands with the state government to redress unemployment in the state.
Badal was presiding over a meeting of officers of the union ministry of tourism, besides the state top brass and representatives of various educational institutions and the industry here at Punjab Bhawan.
Taking part in the brainstorming session, Badal said unemployment was not just a state issue it had become a national problem. If the problem is not taken care of in quick time, it would explode the economy as well the social structure of the country in the future, he said.
Punjab government has already initiated concerted efforts with the target of maximum employment potential generation for unemployed youth in the state, particularly those who belong to poor rural families, said Badal.
The CM said the state government had already set up the department of employment generation to check unemployment in a result-oriented manner and launched a skill development programme in collaboration with renowned companies to impart training in retailing, logistics and supply chain management, construction skills, and driving and automotive skills for the youth of the state.
The state government has proposed 17 new skill development courses, which would add skilled work force of 5,775 for 2012-13 and 13,000 for 2013-14 in the tourism sector. The new courses would include therapy beauty, therapy cosmetology, traditional yoga, photography and museum gallery facilitator.
Special secretary union ministry of tourism, Sanjay Kothari made a detailed presentation of various courses approved by the central government under the skill development training scheme and appreciated the state government's efforts in taking the lead to redress unemployment. He assured that the Centre would consider all viable proposals of the state government and chalk out a futuristic plan for providing central assistance to Punjab.