Two lakh jobs will be generated, says minister

'Rajiv Gandhi Chaitanya programme will train youth in self-employment'

The State government will generate two lakh jobs under Rajiv Gandhi Chaitanya programme this year. As part of the programme, one lakh will be self-employed and remaining one lakh will be trained to enable them to get jobs in private or public sectors, said Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H K Patil.

He was addressing youth after inaugurating ‘Viveka Samsmarana,’ a series of programmes for youth organised by Ramakrishna Mutt, on its premises in the city on Monday. Stressing on the need to create more employment in the country, in order to stop the youth from facing unemployment problem and shifting of youth from India to foreign countries in search of lucrative jobs, he said under the scheme youth will be supported to start self-employment including dairy farming, piggery, preparing home-made products. Loans will be provided to the beneficiaries at four per cent interest rate, he said.

Patil expressed concern over the increased number of youth moving to Western countries and demanded the youth to henceforth restrict themselves to work in foreign nations for not more than two years and return to the motherland for serving the nation. “Today’s youth lack the conviction to stay in India and use their abilities for the welfare of the country. Best of our talents go out of the country. No doubt, the youth in India have high intelligence, but they lack the emotional attachment towards the nation. We are worried over the fall of rupee value against dollar due to increased import of goods and services, while we do not speak about the increased export of our talents to other countries,” he noted.

Scholarships were distributed to 65 meritorious students from weaker sections of the society, on the occasion. Personality development camps will be conducted for students from October 16 to 21. Camp was conducted for post graduate students on Monday and renowned speaker Prof Raghotam Rao addressed the students.

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