Shilong : In an effort to enhance better career opportunities for border dwelling youths, the Border Security Force (BSF) today launched its orientation programme on skill development for the unemployed youth residing along the Indo-Bangla border under Meghalaya sector.
“The main purpose of the programme was to reach out to the border population and prevent youths in the border from joining militancy or get influenced by any illegal activities,” Inspector General of BSF in-charge Meghalaya Frontier P K Dubey said. Collaborated with Meghalaya State Skill Development, the BSF brought 33 youths from bordering districts of East Khasi Hills and East Jaintia Hills districts.
The youths were introduced and oriented about their career progression in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) or any other uniform organization to make them more compatible for the forces and enable to qualify the recruitment tests. “We wanted youths from the border areas to participate in the recruitment rally conducted by various CAPFs.
There are a number of vacancies but few youths from Meghalaya joined the forces,” Mr Dubey said. He said the youths who completed the skill development programme would be referred to various security agencies outside the state like Gujarat and Assam if they are willing to work. According to Mr Dubey, a plan is in the offing to also conduct a recruitment rally for youths hailing from districts bordering Bangladesh.
“The BSF wanted to have a connection with the border residents and wished that more local youth should join the force. It appears that there is a tendency that the local youth of Meghalaya do not want to leave out of the state. Therefore we need to create awareness and motivate them to join force and infuse national integration among them,” Mr Dubey added.
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