Jammu, Jan 30 (Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is set to expand employment opportunities for the youth in the state.

"I am here to create opportunities for your career and facilitate in all respects in this direction. But it is up to you to grab the chances and be successful," Omar said on Saturday as he handed placement orders to 273 job seekers selected by 19 private sector companies at an employment fair.

"You should come forward to compete for better and lucrative jobs in private sector," he said, adding, there was a need to change the perception that government jobs were a better option.

Omar claimed that after completing his education, he has himself gone through the phase of anxiety for job as they the youths were going through.

He also said the Jammu and Kashmir government was providing "substantial amount of seed money, technical guidance and support to the budding entrepreneurs under Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY)".

He also referred to the state government's Skills Development Mission that aims to impart training in various trade skills to 16,000 youths in two years at polytechnic and ITI institutes across the country and flagged-off the first batch of 180 boys and girls for such training.