Himachal Pradesh Government is making earnest efforts to ensure welfare of every section of the society. Various initiatives have been taken for the welfare of youth and impetus has been laid on opening up employment avenues for unemployed youth of the state.
Employment to more than 60,000 persons has been provided in Government as well as Private sectors during last three years. Jobs to more than 27,000 unemployed youth were provided in Government sector alone.
Skill Development Allowance Scheme has also been started to enhance the employability of youth under which an allowance of Rs 1000 per month for youth doing skill training and Rs 1500 per month for physically challenged was being given for duration of training. An amount of Rs 86.64 crore had been spent under the scheme so far.
Any unemployed bonafide Himachali between the age group of 16 to 36 years with family income of less than Rs 2 lakh per annum can avail the benefit of this scheme. The beneficiary should have minimum qualification of 8th pass, but for the applicants desirous to pursue training in masonry, carpentry, blacksmithy or plumbing, the condition of minimum qualification has been done away with, so as to benefit maximum number of youth.
Employment is also being provided through MNREGA benefitting rural people get work nearer to their homes. Under this, 708.63 lakh mandays were earned out of which women alone earned 438.94 lakh mandays and Rs 1474.34 crore were spent under the scheme during last three years.
State Government is focusing upon rapid industrialization for strengthening the economic structure of the state as well as to expand employment avenues in private sector. Various incentives were being provided to industrial units providing employment to more than 100 Himachalis. Single Window Clearance and Monitoring Authority has approved 267 new industrial units during last three years which would provide employment to more than 26000 persons.
The Central Employment Cell has been making efforts to provide technical and skilled manpower to industrial units in the state besides assisting unskilled workers also get employment in private sector. The Labour and Employment department has organized 29 job fairs in the state during last three years providing employment to about 20245 persons.
Besides, guidance and career counseling was also being provided to the youth in schools and colleges in the state with the help of experts. 585 such Vocational Guidance Camps have been organized during this span to help youth choose a suitable vocation. Seven vocational courses i.e Automobile, Retail, Security, Health care, Agriculture, Tourism and Hospitality and ITeS (Information Technology enabled services) have been started in 200 senior secondary schools of the state.
In order to extend a helping hand to physically challenged persons, a Special Employment Exchange has been set up in the Directorate of Labour and Employment. 6448 such candidates have registered and 593 vacancies have been notified to Physically Handicapped Cell. As many as 171 persons were provided employment through the Cell bringing the differently-abled persons into the mainstream.
In addition to the above efforts, youth are being encouraged to take up self employment ventures in various sectors by providing needed financial assistance under various schemes. With all these endeavours of the State Government, the unemployed youth of the state have a galore of opportunities to achieve self-reliance.