Minister for planning and coordination, veterinary and animal husbandry, evaluation and parliamentary affairs, T.R. Zeliang, said Nagaland had made rapid strides in planned socio-economic development since the attainment of statehood. However, he lamented that unemployment was a matter of concern.
Addressing the first convocation programme of Lambency Chrysalis Academy of Beauty, Hair & Spa on Monday at New Delhi, the minister stated that capacity building of the youth and creation of employment opportunities were paramount importance for addressing the unemployment issue.
Zeliang said Nagaland government had been laying considerable stress on creation of employment opportunities and capacity building/skill enhancement of the youth to make them suitable for the job market and to enable them to earn sustainable livelihood and formal employment.
To place more focus on youth empowerment programmes, the state government had declared two consecutives years 2004-05 and 2005-06 as years of Youth Empowerment. However, the need for creating opportunities for capacity building facilities and assistance to make them employable/employed was far from desired.
There is an urgent need to take up programmes for capacity building and skill development of the youth. And in this context, the government of Nagaland declared 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 as the Years of Capacity building with the objective of giving special attention and nurturing the youth to earn sustainable livelihood through generation of employment opportunities and skill building, the minister said.
While stressing that focus of future employment generation cannot be in the government sector alone, he stated employment generation also existed in organized and unorganized private sector, involving private partners and employers in conducting of the capacity building programmes to ensure a direct connection with the labour market requirement and to ensure placement was one of the strategies.
The first batch of 100 students was deputed in March 2009 and the second batch of another 100 students was deputed in July 2009. As envisaged in the MoU, more than 90 percent of the students were offered placements, the minister said.
He also said that certification of the course by Habia, London will also lend international exposure to our young people and will broaden horizons, and added “If everything goes well, we are ready to send some more youth under the same scheme, capacity Building during 2010-11”.
Calling upon the youth to develop work culture, he said they should not shy away from hard work, but must be sincere, committed and optimize opportunities.