50,000 youngsters including school drop-outs from Kashmir, Leh and Kargil to get skill training under “Seekho aur Kamao”

In Kashmir, where agitated youth pelting stones at security personnel has become a daily occurrence since militant Burhan Wani was killed in July, the Central government is trying to reach out to youngsters in a novel way.

The government — through the minority affairs ministry’s scheme “Seekho aur Kamao” — is going to train around 50,000 youngsters, including school drop-outs, from Kashmir, Leh and Kargil regions, in various skill development courses. Agencies that train them will also be asked to help them find employment.

Though training in traditional arts and crafts of the region is also part of the scheme, the government’s priority is to train them to become housekeepers or private security guards, thus helping them find immediate employment.

Students will also be awarded certificates, and those who want to complete their schooling would also be given assistance under this scheme. At first, training centres will be set up in Kashmir, Leh and Kargil. Such centres will also be opened in the Jammu region later.

The ministry has also set up a “Samadhan Cell”, which will receive and work on complaints and suggestions received from minorities across the country. Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who launched the revamped website of the ministry, including a new Hindi website, on Wednesday, said a mobile app would soon be launched to receive complaints regarding scholarships for minorities.

The ministry is also planning to set up more than 1,000 “Sadbhavnva Mandaps”, which will be used for social events, promoting arts and crafts and for sports-related activities.

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