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BMC to seek jobs for youngsters from slums

india Updated: Jan 14, 2009 01:12 IST
Bhavika Jain
Bhavika Jain
Hindustan Times
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This could be a boon for many youngsters from underprivileged families.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced the start of an ambitious project of seeking jobs for unemployed youngsters from underprivileged families, especially slums, in sectors with employment opportunities.

For this, the BMC will first map the job opportunities in different sectors and give need-based training to unemployed youngsters between 18 and 35 years.

“We have been receiving offers from many companies, but we haven’t decided on anything. But it is a good start,” said a senior BMC official.

The BMC has tied up with All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG), a private organisation, to anchor the employment mapping project.

“We conducted a market scan and found vacancies in the hospitality sector, vacancies for security personnels and women taxi drivers among others.We will train youngsters to fit these jobs,” said Dr Sneha Palnitkar, director, AIILSG.

Candidates will also be trained in spoken English and personality development.

The market scan was conducted among 150 information technology campuses, factories, malls and private firms from Bandra to Borivli. The first two centres will be opened in Andheri and Vile Parle and the job mapping will cover the neighbouring area.

“Candidates will be divided in groups of 20 and will be given basic training for three months,” added Palnitkar.

The BMC is also in talks with Forsche, a women’s taxi service in Mumbai, and Dr Reddy’s Foundation, a division of Dr Reddy’s lab in Hyderabad, for the employment programme.