In a major political statement to assert that Kashmir is back on tracks following execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, union rural minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday visited the Valley's most protest-prone district and separatists' bastion Sopore, also Guru's native place, in north Kashmir.
Addressing a gathering on the premises of a Himayat centre at Sopore town, 55 km north of Srinagar, Ramesh reached out to the Valley youth with a fresh pledge. "During the current year, 15,000 youth of Jammu and Kashmir would be imparted training and provided employment in private companies under Himayat. Around nine lakh women will be organised under Umeed scheme," said Ramesh, who concluded his three-day visit to the Valley on Saturday.
He said the Valley women would be trained in 90,000 Mahila Shayita Sumoh (women self-help groups) during the next five years under Umeed in four blocks of Lar, Khanshahib, Basholi and Chenani.
Aimed at mass assimilation of Kashmir youth into mainstream, the union minister said the relocation allowance for youth working in companies outside the state under Himayat had been enhanced from Rs. 1,000 for two months to Rs. 2,000 for six months each employee. "Every youth completing one year service in private company under Himayat would be given computer tablet," he said.