Ahmedabad: Lauded for the one of the highest GDP growth rate among all states in the nation, Gujarat is contributing big to the Indian economy. In one of its kind attempt by a state government, the Gujarat government has helped 65,000 youths in getting jobs in the state.

Gujarat government on Friday announced that about 500 placement fairs organised by it over the last few months in different parts of the state. Effort by the state government is commendable as employment is big cause for worry in the nation. This endeavour is likely to reap rich dividends for the state.

These placements fairs were organised as part of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda by the Labour and Employment Department and were named 'Swami Vivekananda Yuva Rojgar Mela'.
    
"We had conducted surveys in 184 industrial estates of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation to identify jobs for the youth," Labour Minister Vaju Vala told mediapersons
here on Friday.
    
"After talking to various companies, we were able to identify one lakh vacancies which were then notified through the employment exchanges," he said.
     
According to Vala, nearly 500 placement fairs were organised since December last year in which over 1.26 lakh youths participated, and more than 76,000 were shortlisted after primary screening.
     
"In all 65,000 youths were selected by various private companies which include 52,000 who got regular employment, while 13,000 were selected for apprenticeship," Vala said.
     
During the placement fairs, employers from 2,287 companies participated and did the initial screening as per their requirements, he said adding out of them, 662 were big units, 1071 were medium-sized and 554 were small units.
     
Vala said that these youths will be given their appointment letters by Chief Minister Narendra Modi during four functions in Rajkot, Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Surat to be organised between April 9 to April 13.
     
The jobs have been provided in technical fields, followed by accountancy, clerical and others, Director Employment and Training, Sonal Mishra said.
     
The education qualification of these youths ranged from SSC to BE and BTech and 10-12 percent are women candidates.
     
Mishra further said that government would also open 20 centres across 15 Industrial Training Institutes for training youths in new technologies which have been identified.
     
The state government has identified four technologies like Solar power, CNC (Computer Numerical Control), automobile servicing and chemicals which have tremendous potential. The training period ranges from one month to six months which would be provided at a nominal fee of Rs 50, she said.

(JPN/Agencies)