J-K govt to spend Rs. 200 crore for youth upliftment and employment

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Srinagar: In a major initiative to reach-out to the youth, the Jammu and Kashmir government plans to spend Rs 200 crore for their upliftment and employment during next financial year.

Documents in possession of news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) reveal that Rs 200 crore have been kept for the youth engagement in J&K Union Territory’s budget by the Central government.

“Youth engagement through “Mission Youth is another major initiative of the Government of J&K for their upliftment and employment. A provision of Rs.200 crore has been made during 2021-22 for this initiative,” read the documents.

The ‘Mission Youth’ was set-up for engaging and channelizing the youth of J&K through systematic livelihood generation programmes.

Last month, the administrative council headed Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha approved the proposal to register the “Mission Youth” as a Society under the Societies Registration Act.

The Mission Youth envisions engaging with 80 per cent of J&K’s youth population over the next five years and transforming them into a propelling force for socio-economic development of the Union Territory.

“The mission would facilitate establishment of required organizational and administrative structure for proactive outreach and purposeful engagement of the youth of the Union Territory,” an official spokesman had said after the Administrative Council approved the proposal

It is pertinent to mention that the mission has partnered with institutions such as ICICI Foundation, BSE Institute and Ashok Leyland for enhancing skill and employability of the youth—(KNO)

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