Odisha has 8.80 lakh registered unemployed youth: minister

Bhubaneshwar: Odisha has a total of 8,80,175 unemployed youths who have registered with various state employment offices till April 30 this year.

Skills Development and Technical Education Minister Pritiranjan Gharai said so in a written response to Congressman Santosh Singh Saluja at the State Assembly on Tuesday.

Of the total number of registered unemployed youths, 5,81,676 are men and 2,98,499 are women, he said.

The top 73,126 unemployed students registered for the state employment exchange, Bhubaneswar, while 53,939 students from Puri district registered for the district employment exchange.

Similarly, 50,778 young unemployed people registered with the district job exchange, Rourkela in Sundergarh district, 39,003 young people with the Bargarh district job exchange and 36,711 in Cuttack district.

According to the Minister’s response, 34,052 young unemployed people have registered with the Berhampur District Job Exchange and 6,642 with the Employment Information and Guidance Bureau at Berhampur University.

In addition, 1,534 students registered for the Special Employment Grant for the Physically Handicapped and 58,701 for the Special SC/ST Employment Grant in Bhubaneswar.

Gharai said the government has no proposal to grant Rs 10,000 allowance to unemployed youths until they get a job.

In another written response, the minister said that 12,948 engineering graduates and 34,379 graduate students have registered with various state employment offices over the past five years.

Only 26 engineering graduates and 257 diploma holders have found employment thanks to employment grants. In addition, 5,126 graduates and 10,612 qualifying students of ITI were recruited through the central placement cell, he said.

Informing about the measures taken by the government for the employment of educated youths, Gharai said that different skills development trainings such as soft skills training, employability skills test and industrial training are offered to graduates in engineering.

After graduation, passed out students are recruited through placement cells at a relevant college or university, he said.

Similarly, employment opportunities are also offered to ITI students and graduates through the central placement unit of the technical education and training directorate, the minister said.

In addition, the government of Odisha had formed the State Employment Mission in 2005-2006 for skills development of unemployed youths.

The chief minister’s job creation program has been implemented since 2014-2015, while special job fairs are held in different districts, he added.


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