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Mehbooba terms girls' scheme revolutionary

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti hails the state budget for the next financial year, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2007 17:29 IST
Arun Joshi

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has hailed the state budget for the next financial year and said that special employment schemes for educated girls was a revolutionary step that would not only help girls to be self reliant but would also end several social problems currently faced by them.

She said in a statement on Friday that it is a timely initiative that needs to be pursued with focused attention to confront the unemployment challenge.

Mehbooba Mufti said the announcement of the employment generation package for educated unemployed girls in the budget is the need of the hour as lack of assured sources of income among the girls brews various social problems.

"I have been raising this issue for quite some time, as I know what kind of problems the educated unemployed girls are facing in the society," she said and added that the government must provide adequate funds for the implementation of the scheme in a time-bound manner.

She has asked the educated girls to take advantage of the scheme to earn livelihood for themselves and their families.
Mehbooba Mufti has called for setting up of skill-development centers in various parts of the state to impart training to the educated youth in job-oriented courses so that they get absorbed in the skilled-job market immediately after getting trained.

She said there is a huge job market for the skilled youth not only within the state, but outside as well. She has called for establishing technical training universities on the pattern of Indian Institute of Technology in the state to promote quality technical education and training.

The PDP president has asked the government to explore the overseas job-market for the local youth as such opportunities would not only facilitate good-earning jobs for them, but would also contribute towards the state's economic growth as is happening in Kerala.

Welcoming the setting up of the Employment Mission, she said it must be made a professional body with experts from various fields as its members to draw the desired results. She said the local youth have got the tremendous potential to grow, but the only problem is that their human resource capabilities do not get channelised properly. She expressed the hope that the employment mission would fill this gap by exploiting that potential.

Mehbooba Mufti said taking advantage of the strong economic performance of the state on various parameters such as Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), huge rise in public expenditure during the last four years, progressive reform initiatives, strategic location and rich resource base, the government must beef up investment in potential areas like horticulture, handicrafts and handlooms, tourism, IT and biotechnology to create job opportunities and speed up economic growth.

She has called for setting up of Special Export Promotion Zones in the state to promote the export of horticulture, handicrafts and industrial products produced in the state.

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