Around 600 youths in the district have applied for the allowance under the Skill Development Scheme of the Himachal government in September as against the district administration's projected 3,500 figure for 2013-14.
Earlier, since the launch of the scheme, only 14 persons had applied for the allowance in the district.
The state government under the scheme has provided a sum of Rs. 5 crore to the district administration with an objective to develop vocational skills in unemployed youths enabling them to earn livelihood.
The scheme - announced by chief minister Virbhadra Singh - was a non-starter in the beginning; however, with Hindustan Times raising the issue time and again various district administrations demanded changes in the format of the scheme, following which the government introduced many changes to make it more accessible to youngsters of the state.
Under the scheme, the eligible candidates will be given an allowance of Rs. 1,000 per month whereas youngsters with disability will get Rs. 1,500 per month - 50% more than the normal candidates.
“The total number of unemployed but educated youth in Hamirpur district is 72,000,” said Yog Raj Dhiman, the district employment officer.
He informed HT that the process for finalising the names of beneficiaries had started with the scrutiny of the received applications at various employment offices of the district.
Once the names were finalised, the allowance money would be deposited in the bank accounts of the concerned persons through online transactions, he added.