There is good news for tribal unemployed youths. Under the Additional Central Assistance (ACA) policy of the rural development ministry, 1,400 youths from Saranda would get technical skill development training with placement assurance.
Under the policy, students from Class 4 to intermediate pass outs would be given short-term training for three months to two years.
The West Singhbhum district administration has signed agreements with Indo Danish Tool Room, Alkabir Polytechnic, Tribal Research Training Centre and Dr Ambedkar Social Welfare and Education Trust (Odisha) in this regard.
The district administration will spend `6 crore for the project under which selected youths will get free training and accommodation facility. The selection procedure for these courses has already started. The training institutes concerned will conduct placements after the courses come to an end.
Youths will be imparted training in medical laboratory technology, home nursing, driving, water pump repairing, carpentry and data entry operation.
They will be taught to work as radiologist, auxiliary nurse midwife, electrician, fitter, welder, plumber, security guard and diesel mechanic.
Initially, youths from Maoist-hit blocks of Saranda like Manoharpur, Anandpur, Gudri, Tonto, Noamundi, Sonua, Goilkera and others will be benefited. The policy will be implemented in other parts of the district later.
The West Singhbhum district planning officer (DPO), JJB Tirkey, said the selection for training is on and short-term training will start from March, 2014 while classes in other courses will begin from June. With the help of ACA policy, youths will get jobs in big industries while a couple of them will get financial assistance to start cottage industry near their residences, he added.
“Youths from Saranda, who could not complete their education, had been deprived of jobs in mines and industries. After completion of technical courses, youths will get jobs and the Maoists will not be able to mislead them with false promises,” Tirkey said.