Chandigarh, August 26:
The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday gave the go-ahead to an innovative new scheme – ‘Mera Kaam Mera Maan (MKMM), to facilitate the unemployed youth in honing their skills and enhancing their employability in their chosen field through free short-term skill training.
The Cabinet decided to roll out the scheme from the current fiscal on a pilot basis for construction workers and their wards. A target of 30000 beneficiaries has been proposed, at a cost of Rs.90 crore, to be covered under this pilot project.
The Cabinet also authorized the Chief Minister to extend the scheme to other sections of the society as and when appropriate, besides empowering the Employment Generation, Skill Development & Training Minister to make any amendments in the scheme as required from time to time for its successful implementation.
According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office, the scheme provides an employment assistance allowance of Rs.2500 per month for a period of 12 months from the start of the training course under the short-term skill training programs in the Punjab Skill Development Mission training centers. The said allowance shall be given during the training period, and after successfully completing the training during the pre-placement and post-placement period of 12 months from the date of the start of the program.
Under MKMM scheme, the eligible construction workers/ward of construction workers registered with the Construction Workers Welfare Board, Department of Labour, should contact the District Bureau of Employment and Enterprise of the concerned district to apply for the benefit.
Notably, the Captain Amarinder Singh government’s flagship program ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar te Karobar Mission’ has so far facilitated gainful employment to approximately 17.61 lakh youth since April 1, 2017, including 7.02 lakh in private sector, 9.97 lakh self-employment ventures besides 62,743 government jobs.