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Advisor Sharma: Technical courses to increase employability of youth






JAMMU, JAN 01: Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma today stressed on introduction of IT courses intune with the market requirements to increase employability of youth.

The Advisor was speaking at a function organized by Department of Information Technology to e-inaugurate employment-linked Skill Development initiative – Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) programme here today. The participating Training Partners were connected through video conference during e-inauguration.

The scheme implemented by J&K e-Governance (JaKeGA) of the Information Technology Department is expected to promote ESDM ecosystem, which will help unemployed youth to attain skills in different NSQF (National Skill Qualification Framework) aligned courses.
Out of the 82 training partners offering the courses in J&K, the courses were launched in more than 35 Training Partners today.


Advisor interacted with various Training Partners over video-conference and also spoke to students undertaking the courses.

During the interaction Advisor Sharma emphasized on the role of the training partners in tying up with local industries for providing employment to the successful candidates.

Advisor said the courses offered in the Information Technology (IT) sector should necessarily generate requisite employment and avenues for the youth which would ensure their economic emancipation. He further said that it will go a long way in proper channelization of the energies of major chunk of population and overcoming the problem of unemployment.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Information Technology, Saugat Biswas said the J&K e-Governance Agency (JaKeGA) which is the State Implementing Agency for the scheme had recently invited applications from desirous candidates for undergoing the training in 24 different courses with a target of training over 5,500 candidates in the current financial year and over 8,500 next fiscal.

The scheme will subsidize 100 percent course fee for SC, ST and EWS candidates and 75 percent for the rest, and will focus on students and unemployed youth at 8th-10th standard onwards, ITI, diploma, engineering graduates, non-engineering graduates, with the aim of increasing their employability to work in manufacturing and service support sectors.
Biswas said the Training Partners in J&K are affiliated with three Key Implementing Agencies (KIAs) viz National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT), Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) & Electronic Sector Skill Council of India (ESSCI).

Advisor, Sharma also visited a Training Partner “Evergreen Educational Trust” in Jammu and interacted with the students undergoing the training there.

Advisor appreciated the efforts of the Department of Information Technology and expressed the hope that these initiatives will certainly give a boost to employment in the electronic manufacturing sector, as well as promote self-employment.
Advisor stressed on the Key Implementing Agencies to ensure placement of the certified candidates as mandated under the scheme. He also asked the Secretary, Information Technology to create a database and a tracking mechanism for tracking the employment graph of a trained and certified candidate.

Director, NIELIT, J&K, DS Oberoi; Senior officers of the Information Technology Department, Project Management Team of the ESDM, Imran Sofi, various Training Partners of Jammu and Training Partners for all over the State through Video Conference attended the inaugural function.



Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar

Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar




Srinagar, Jun 25: The Srinagar administration Tuesday launched a city-wide crackdown on illegal sale of cigarettes among other tobacco products holding simultaneous inspections of markets in various areas.

The inspections were held in the wake of growing concerns about increasing prevalence of substance abuse in Srinagar and to verify adherence to the Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act or COTPA 2003 which prohibits advertisement of and provides for regulation of trade and commerce in production and distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Large number of stores and vendors situated at different places were found selling cigarettes without the mandatory pictorial warnings on packets thereof. Huge cache of such cigarettes was also seized from various markets during the inspections.


Some 50 stores and vendors including those found selling cigarettes among other tobacco products close to schools among other educational institutions in violations of COTPA and violating other provisions thereof were booked with several of them sealed during the inspections.

It is notable that the data suggests that the annual amount spent on tobacco consumption in Srinagar is a staggering Rs 131 crore which is the highest in the State. This among other forms of substance abuse involving both genders is growing into a serious cause of concern in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who has issued strict instructions to concerned officers to crackdown on violators and offenders said violations of COTPA account for serious offences and will be dealt with in the context of public safety.

Dr Shahid assured of sustained efforts to check substance abuse in Srinagar but also urged the general public and parents in particular to do their bit emphasizing their important role therein and to assist the administration in its efforts to curb prevalence thereof.

Last month a district level coordination committee comprising 15 members from different departments and organisations was constituted in the district for the implementation of COTPA.

Different members of the committee have been assigned different roles and responsibilities for ensuring effective and functional application of tobacco control in the district.

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Amit Shah should start process of dialogue with all stakeholders: Sagar




Srinagar, Jun 25: Ahead of the visit of union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference has hoped that the central government will begin dialogue on Kashmir to restore peace in the state.

National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said that Kashmir valley is going through bloodshed, tension and arrests of youth on daily basis which further deteriorate the situation.

“Home ministers visit Kashmir, but this time we hope the visiting home minister will start process of dialogue with all stakeholders here which will help improve the situation,” he said.


He said that the daily pensive situation, ongoing bloodshed, and arrests of youth will stop only through initiatives of peace through dialogue.

“We hope the visit of home minister should make difference in Kashmir situation. If the home minister starts any dialogue process to which will improve situation here, we welcome it,” he said.

Expressing the displeasure with the Reservation Bill brought up the home minister, Sage said that NC is against the procedure which was adopted by the central government.

“The procedure adopted by the centre government to bring the bill violation of article 370. We are not against reservation for any particular section of people. We are against the procedure adopted by the government,” he said.

He said that Member Parliament of National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah will take a stand over the bill in the ongoing session of Parliament.

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Amit Shah should inaugurate a new era of engagement in Kashmir: Faesal




Srinagar, Jun 25: President J&K Peoples Movement Shah Faesal has said that on his maiden visit to Kashmir as Home Minister, Amit Shah should inaugurate a new age of engagement and reach out to people of the State.

In a statement issued, Shah Faesal said that Central Government led by PM Narendra Modi has an extraordinary opportunity to take bold decisions on Kashmir and bring peace to Valley while taking all stakeholders on board.

He argued for initiation of dialogue process, resumption of Cross LoC trade, freeing of political prisoners who are in jails for minor offenses, among other political initiatives needed at this hour.


Shah Faesal also called for immediate implementation of Universal Basic Income scheme for BPL households of the State, age relaxation of UPSC/JEE IIT aspirants from J&K State, improvement of inter-provincial road connectivity and four-laning if Srinagar-Salamabad, Srinagar-Teetwal roads.

JKPM President expressed hope that the Home Minister would facilitate creation of an environment of peace in which developmental activity and will pick up and Tourism potential of the State will be harnessed.

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