Shimla : Chief minister Virbhadra Singh today launched an ‘unemployment allowance scheme’ and decided to regularize contract employees after three years in service, instead of the present period of five years.
Singh made this announcement at the state level function at Chamba on the occasion of the 70th foundation day of Himachal Pradesh.
Chief minister who unfurled the tricolor and took salute at impressive march past, formally launched the scheme by distributing cheques of Rs 1,000 each to ten beneficiaries.
He said all the contractual employees who have completed three years of uninterrupted service would be regularized.
Singh said the state government has decided to provide unemployment allowance of Rs 1,000 per month to youth having intermediate or above qualification where as the unemployed youth with disability would be given Rs 1,500 per month.
The state government was giving added priority to skill development of unemployed youth to raise their level of employability, he said, adding that Rs 500 crore skill development scheme had been started by the government. So far skill development allowance had been provided to 1,52,000 youth, he said.
‘Kaushal Vikas Nigam’ had also been setup to implement Rs 640 crore Asian Development Bank (ADB) assisted Skill Development Project to upgrade skill infrastructure and provide employment to around 65,000 youth. 42 colleges were opened during past four years in the state, raising the number of government degree colleges to 119, he added.
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