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Introductions:

Employment as a subject is included in the concurrent list of the Constitution of India. National  Employment Service is a Joint concern of the Government of India and the State Governments. Compulsory Notification of Vacancies Act 1959 was passed by the Parliament to make it compulsory   for the establishments under Public and Private Sectors to notify vacancies to the nearest Employment Exchanges and also to render prescribed returns. This Act though extended to the J&K was applied by the state to the Private Sector only. The Employment Exchanges in J&K State had been catering to the recruitment needs of various Central Government Departments and Organizations.  But after the Supreme Court Judgment passed in the year 1996, the notifying departments were given the discretion to invite the applications at their own level in addition to the names being sponsored by the Employment Department in order to give a fair play and equal opportunity for applying against the said vacancies notified by a particular establishment / organization by making advertisements in the  print/electronic media for wide circulation. But despite that the Department of Employment has been  performing various assignment/activities which are defined as under:- 

The activities of the Department can broadly be defined as under :

      indbul2a Registration of unemployed youth.
      indbul2a Career Counseling & Guidance.
      indbul2a Collection of Employment Market Information.
      indbul2a Implementation of Jammu and Kashmir State Self Employment Scheme. (On hold Feb 2015)
      indbul2a Special Recruitment Drives for recruitment of unemployed educated youth in Indian
        Navy, Indian Air Force, JAKLI and Assam Rifles etc.
     indbul2a Implementation of Voluntary Service Allowance (VSA) Scheme.(On hold Feb 2015)
     indbul2a Registration of Self Help Groups.

 

REGISTRATION OF UNEMPLOYED YOUTH

       The registration of unemployed educated/uneducated youth for seeking employment assistance is one of the essential  jobs assigned to the Department of Employment. The desirous candidates can register themselves with the concerned District Employment & Counselling Centres free of cost after filling in the prescribed form. The number of unemployed youth registered with various District Employment & Counselling Centres  of the J&K State is 1,01,969  as on ending March, 2017. The district-wise & qualification-wise break-up is  as under:-        

For the state as a whole, qualification-wise break-up of the registered members is indicated below:             

Illiterate

191

Middle

6659

Matric

27039

PUC

1352

TDC

31042

Graduate

19318

Post Graduate

7008

Diploma Holders

3872

Degree Holders

2145

Draftsman

221

Skilled other than ITI

1053

ITI trained

2069

Total

101969

                              District-wise / Qualification-wise unemployed youth registered with DE&CCs          

District

Illiterate

Middle

Matric

PUC

TDC

Graduates

Post Graduates

Diploma Holders

Degree Holders*

Drafts-

man

Skilled other than  ITI

ITI  Trained

Grand Total

Srinagar

18

311

602

184

1362

1911

816

380

147

1

19

100

5851

Ganderbal

0

275

363

191

720

790

181

42

8

0

0

1

2571

Budgam

1

69

895

6

1635

1455

555

85

32

32

0

18

4783

Anantnag

4

306

1132

63

2223

1500

272

108

75

3

16

61

5763

Kulgam

2

248

2948

140

3265

2498

1191

138

73

1

21

118

10643

Pulwama

0

0

990

330

1393

1046

7

3

3

0

0

0

3772

Shopian

0

237

1012

139

967

1124

737

59

60

0

1

120

4456

Baramulla

0

0

136

0

308

1572

346

278

256

34

27

208

3165

Bandipora

3

59

629

50

753

741

146

84

44

0

16

163

2688

Kupwara

17

521

885

84

1118

840

497

65

117

4

86

37

4271

Leh

29

181

400

2

418

360

169

97

39

7

197

45

1944

Kargil

0

39

1709

0

1837

214

77

66

25

3

0

22

3992

Jammu

22

834

3112

161

3140

1611

612

1105

526

63

91

311

11588

Samba

4

271

3814

0

1910

474

214

193

48

3

183

70

7184

Udhampur

10

403

902

0

1313

439

151

105

116

0

11

31

3481

Reasi

41

546

1190

0

1044

324

59

111

44

5

3

16

3383

Kathua

3

380

3019

0

3267

1087

456

394

219

28

310

480

9643

Doda

0

254

586

0

458

379

73

21

13

4

1

45

1834

Ramban

0

342

368

0

687

155

56

118

76

1

14

24

1841

Kishtwar

0

214

319

1

705

92

63

155

83

11

43

92

1778

Rajouri

2

915

1503

0

1283

356

214

122

68

17

10

77

4567

Poonch

35

254

525

1

1236

350

116

143

73

4

4

30

2771

G.Total

191

6659

27039

1352

31042

19318

7008

3872

2145

221

1053

2069

101969

        (* Degree Holders means Professional and Technical Degree Holders)

        The figure of unemployed youth may be higher as the registration with the Employment Department is a voluntary process and is not mandatory.

               CAREER COUNSELLING

Career Counselling has been made a regular feature of the Department. It is with this objective that the nomenclature of the District Employment Exchanges have been named as District Employment and Counselling Centre’s, which could be a platform for imparting coaching, counselling and guidance to the educated unemployed youth of the State in shaping their career. The Department has been inviting the reputed Career Councillors from within and outside the State in the recent past for providing the Counselling regarding various career opportunities available both in J&K State as well as outside. Career counselling sessions have been held in various District Employment & Counselling Centres of the State on periodic basis to make the aspiring youth aware about various competitive examinations, job opportunities, etc. at the State and National level.

COLLECTION OF EMPLOYMENT MARKET INFORMATION

 The EMI reports which are prepared yearly on the basis of the information collected from the public/private sector establishments/undertakings  on quarterly basis  is one  of the major functions of this Department as stipulated in the National Employment Service (NES)  manual issued by the Directorate General of Employment and Trainings, New Delhi .The said report after compilation, is sent to the said organization which subsequently prepares the report at all India level for purpose of future manpower planning of the Country.

IMPLEMENTATION OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR STATE SELF EMPLOYMENT SCHEME   

The “Jammu and Kashmir State Self Employment Scheme” being implemented by Employment Department provides margin money, capital and interest subsidy assistance to the educated unemployed youth of the State for establishing their own employment generating units since 1995-96.

Eligibility Criteria:

i)

Age

18-42 years. (General Category)
18-47 (SC/ST/OBC/Handicapped/Ex-Servicemen/Women)

ii)

Qualification requirement

8th Pass. However, no educational qualification shall be insisted upon for candidates having qualified training course of not less than one academic year duration from a Government Institution .

iii)

Project Cost

a)

Rs.2.00 lakhs for Retail trade

b)

Rs.3.00 lakhs for Service/Industries trade

c)

Rs.10.00 lakhs for joint venture (2 persons  and above)

iv)

Financing pattern

a)

Bank Loan

75%

b)

Promoter's contribution        

5%

c)   

Capital Subsidy    

5% of the project cost subject to a maximum limit of Rs.7500/-

d)

Margin Money

15% by way of as interest free loan to be recovered after the expiry of the term of the bank loan sanctioned in favour of the entrepreneur

Incentives:

 i)      Margin Money  

As an incentive ,Margin Money @ 15% of the project cost is paid to the beneficiary as an interest-free loan towards equity contribution of the entrepreneur which is repayable in 5 equal yearly installments after the liquidation of the loan amount.

 ii)     Interest Subsidy 

The Govt. is providing Interest Subsidy to beneficiaries on the bank loan on tapering basis for a period of two years in the following pattern:-

i)

During 1st 6 months       

100%

ii)

One year after 1st 6 months

  75%

iii)

Next 6 months                            

  50%

iii)    Capital Subsidy 

 5% of the project cost subject to a limit of Rs. 7500/-

Achievements under the scheme for the period 2001-02 to 2014-15.  

                                                                                                                                        (Rs. in lacs.)   

S.No.

Year

Units Established

Incentives provided by the Govt.

No.

Project Cost

Margin Money

Interest/ Capital Subsidy

Total

1

2001-02

1965

2431.59

538.09

329.62

867.71

 

2

2002-03

1672

2365.67

538.56

573.91

1112.47

 

3

2003-04

1520

2197.59

624.07

611.22

1235.29

 

4

2004-05

1520

1435.65

670.88

657.3

1328.18

 

5

2005-06

1576

2534.47

643.9

578.56

1222.46

 

6

2006-07

1702

2640.22

642.37

577.06

1219.43

 

7

2007-08 

2124

3987.56

870.47

498.17

1368.64

 

8

2008-09 

2343

4743.94

1017.49

489.81

1507.3

 

9

2009-10

2093

4086.31

1604.79

772.77

2377.56

 

10

2010-11

2704

6961.28

1659.92

774.59

2434.51

 

11

2011-12

3615

11395.51

2392.38

1146.42

3538.8

 

12

2012-13     

4561

12922.73

2707.33

1271.84

3979.17

 

 13

2013-14 

4826

 

14589.84

2437.30

1250.88

3688.18

 

14


2014-15

 

2252

6690.63

1076.69

571.49

1648.18

 

Total

34473

78983.00

17424.24

10103.64

27527.88

Creating Awareness:- With the purpose to create awareness amongst unemployed youth about various employment generating schemes, the department organized/held the following programmes in the State during the year, 2014-2015, the  detail is given below:- 

   

S.NO.

Programmes

Number

Number of participants/students

01


Employment Fair 

205

658804

02

Awareness Camp

447

71379

03


Counseling Session

976

33645

    

SPECIAL RECRUITMENT RALLIES

The Department  in coordination with various defence agencies like Indian Navy, Indian Air Force and JAKLI have been holding recruitment rallies at frequent intervals since 1998 for enrolment of educated youth of the State in their organizations as follows:-

 

 


No. of Rallies conducted


Indian Navy


Indian Air Force


JAKLI

23

27

08

No. of candidates selected

358

2334

279

 

 IMPLEMENTATION OF VOLUNTARY SERVICE ALLOWANCE (VSA)

The State Government is providing, by way of financial support, a monthly Voluntary Service Allowance (VSA) to all unemployed educated youth having educational qualification of matriculation and above for the next three years; commencing financial year 2010-11. The VSA will, on the one hand, ensure hand holding support from the government to the educated unemployed youth till such time as they are either able to build the requisite capacities for starting self employment ventures or get employed in the government/ private Sector. On the other hand, the VSA will serve as a viable mechanism for inculcating in the young men and women of the state a sense of voluntary and community service for large public good.

  VSA Guidelines:-

  VSA will be paid to all unemployed educated persons; who:


(i)    have educational qualification of matriculation and above as of March 31, 2010;

(ii)   have attained the age of 26 years as of 1st January of the year in which application   
       is made and ;

(iii)  are registered with the District Employment and Counselling Centers and  are a member of and dependent upon a
       family having an annual income (from all sources) not exceeding Rs. 1.5 lacs

 (b) Only such youth as fulfill the age and educational criteria, but have not been able to pursue further education, shall be entitled to the allowance. In other words, students/trainees/apprentices and the self employed shall not be eligible for VSA with the exception that those who get engaged in self-employment activities/initiatives shall be entitled to VSA for a period of one year as sustenance support. Further, the spouse of the beneficiary should not be employed. Similarly, dismissed Government employees and persons convicted of an offence involving imprisonment for three months or more shall also not be covered under the Scheme.

 

(c)  VSA will be paid, on a monthly basis, through the concerned District Employment and Counselling Centers, on a non-cash basis (through bank accounts); with effect from April 1, 2010 as per the following gradation:-

 (i)   Rs. 600/- per month in favour of each eligible person who has passed the matriculation examination but not 10+2
       examination;

(ii)  Rs. 650/- per month in favour of each eligible person who has passed 10+2 examination;

(iii) Rs. 700/- per month in respect of eligible persons who have passed 10+2 examination and possess additional skill based
      qualifications such as ITI/ and other equivalent qualification;

(iv) Rs. 850/- per month in case of eligible persons having passed 10+2 examination and who have additional professional
      qualification (recognized) equivalent to a three year diploma from a  recognized Polytechnic institution;

(v) Rs. 1000/- per month in favour of eligible graduates and above below the post-graduation level;  and

(vi) Rs. 1200/- per month in respect of post-graduates and engineering and medical graduates and equivalent levels in the
      field of computer science, technology and education

(d) An additional financial element of Rs. 50/- per month shall be admissible in favour of women across all the five categories
     mentioned at para (c) above.

(e) VSA will be admissible only for a maximum period of three years or persons getting employed or attaining the age of 37
     years or whichever is earlier.

(f) The release of the VSA will be contingent upon submission of the prescribed declaration/certificate that the beneficiary
    continues to remain without employment either in the Government or outside it. Any false declaration/certification in this
    regard shall render the beneficiary ineligible for future Government employment, apart from being liable from punitive action
    under the relevant provisions of law.

(g) The beneficiary shall, at a future date, be ineligible to apply for a Government employment involving minimum educational
     qualification higher than the category under which he/she has drawn the VSA; unless such higher qualification has been
     obtained as a result of enrolment after completion/stoppage of the VSA.

(h) The disbursement of VSA will be regulated under a biometric system, to be specially designed for the purpose, to ensure
      transparency in distribution and proper tracking of beneficiaries.

(i) The beneficiaries will be required to sign an unconditional undertaking for rendering voluntary work upto a total of 12 hours
    a week, on any such assignment as may be decided by the Government, for which he/ she will remain in readiness to be 
    summoned by the District Employment and Counselling Center concerned for such engagement at short notice. The
    beneficiaries will also be required to undergo skill up gradation/self-employment training Initiatives as may be prescribed
    under the guidelines. The beneficiaries may also be assigned, for the purposes of voluntary service, with Panchayati Raj
    Institutions (PRIs)/Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) for providing various community services.

(j) VSA will not be continued in the following cases:-

(a)  As and when the beneficiary secures employment either in the Government/Public Sector or the Private Sector; either on casual basis/daily wage basis or contractual/permanent basis;

(b) if and when the beneficiary is able to start a self-employment venture of his/her own except as provided under 17.2 (b); and

            (c ) as and when the beneficiary crosses the age limit of 37 years.

              District-wise Voluntary Service Allowance paid to the unemployed youth.
 

                                                                                                                                                                                     (Rs in lacs)            

 

District:

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15
(Ending March, 2015)

Number of Applicants

Amount Disbursed

Number of Applicants

Amount Disbursed

Number of Applicants

Number of Applicants

Number of Applicants

Amount Disbursed

Number of Applicants

Amount Disbursed

Kashmir Division. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Srinagar

2374

87.86

4185

261.79

5722

388.58

6929

466.50

8971

232.00

Ganderbal

512

19.62

639

46.00

995

78.66

813

38.90

1558

42.50

Budgam

1652

75.10

3087

222.78

4521

268.24

2562

122.00

6739

56.00

Anantnag

3974

161.70

4167

312.87

5605

378.37

5162

311.92

6120

264.00

Kulgam

3767

117.83

5889

414.23

7504

490.13

7640

488.50

10606

351.15

Pulwama

1766

54.08

2622

145.60

3161

290.02

3477

174.90

5276

189.98

Shopian

606

24.69

881

85.97

1324

91.14

1751

135.33

2466

75.00

Baramulla

888

33.12

1874

111.00

3356

217.61

2714

147.60

5327

193.28

Bandipora

751

24.01

1005

63.49

1317

80.22

1702

98.68

2044

12.34

Kupwara

1862

63.87

1711

152.00

1853

199.03

1915

142.20

5272

128.05

Leh

0.00

0.00

0

0.00

0

0.00

0

0.00

20

0.98

Kargil

176

6.75

308

16.50

2110

42.94

2225

200.53

2754

89.88

Total

18328

668.63

26368

1832.23

37468

2524.94

  36890

  2327.06

57153

1635.16

Jammu Division. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jammu

811

40.52

1396

97.31

1904

95.74

2080

60.41

2223

16.63

Samba

600

26.10

974

76.44

1164

75.71

1411

67.70

1576

50.00

Udhampur

224

7.30

485

33.90

603

36.65

688

31.84

743

24.99

Reasi

168

4.31

382.00

26.08

509

26.90

539

19.68

601

13.86

Kathua

811

32.15

1352

76.89

1761

92.57

2019

59.60

2227

74.50

Doda

1222

47.54

1515

99.99

1849

112.23

2047

80.66

2269

62.90

Ramban

244

6.25

415

24.00

506

24.05

583

14.77

636

15.53

Kishtwar

293

11.44

439

32.78

560

29.04

652

28.50

714

16.84

Rajouri

802

34.51

1222

84.00

1824

159.49

2210

66.77

2693

67.50

Poonch

1221

60.47

1628

98.98

2120

107.59

2294

42.50

2505

65.00

Total

6396

270.59

9808

650.37

12800

759.97

  14523

  472.43

16187

407.75

 

           Seed Capital Fund Scheme (SCFS)             

Financial institutions have been generally found to be reluctant to extend credit facility to the first generation entrepreneurs in view of their risk perception. This has negative implications on the development of entrepreneurship.

Such an equivocation warrants immediate State intervention to ensure that the motivated and trained prospective entrants to the field of entrepreneurship self employment are nurtured and insulated from frustration and mental agony.

To address this problem, the State entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) has been asked to offer ‘Entrepreneurship Development programme/s (EDPs)’ as a package which apart from sensitization, training and consultancy inputs shall include an incentive in the form of non-refundable seed money to enable prospective entrepreneurs to kick start their ventures and make their projects bankable.

For this purpose, Government have decided to create an ‘entrepreneurship Development Fund’ with an initial corpus of Rs.50 crore. The corpus shall be utilized under a well conceived State Scheme; for the prospective motivated, trained and provisionally registered first generation entrepreneurs to start environment-friendly ventures relating to certain core areas which inter-alia include:

                       i.    Horticulture, floriculture cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants (including cultivation on government forms lands);

                      ii.    Food-processing at the household/ village level;

                     iii.    Establishment of facilities for storage of food products /horticulture products: particularly cold chains;

                     iv.    Handloom, handicraft and other artisanal products: particularly design improvement, technology-transfer and marketing;

                      v. Ventures in poultry, sheep-breeding and production, collection, storage and marketing of milk; aimed at import substitution:

                     vi.    Setting up of computer literacy/training institutes in villages/habitations particularly with a population of less than 3000 souls;

                    vii.    Setting up of Fair Price Shops at small habitations across the State;

                   viii. Tourism-related enterprises covering houseboat owners, setting up of Paying Guest facilities, small dhabas and restaurants with a capacity of 20 seats;

Special attention will be given at the time of selection of prospective entrepreneurs to remote, difficult and backward areas and vulnerable sections of the population including members of Scheduled Castes/tribes, Gujjars, Bakerwals and other backward communities/groups.

The Government intends to build complete synergy in different Self Employment Schemes presently in vogue and ensure that the first generation entrepreneurs are actually benefited by these Schemes national Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC), a Government of India undertaking under the Ministry of Minority affairs provides loan/credit to ensure that these benefits effectively reach the identified clientele group, the Government has decided to providing loans/credit facility to the entrepreneurs motivated, trained and promoted by the Institute.

JKEDI has already advertised for receiving applications from prospective entrepreneurs already trained by JKEDI in the past, as may be desirous of taking benefit of the seed capital Scheme. Last date of receipt of applications was 21-11-2009. The notice has also been published in the newspapers and has evoked good response.

A Steering Committee has been constituted by Director, JKEDI to manage all aspects and to screen the applications, interview the candidates, select a suitable field of operation by the applicant and provide a feasibility report to him by/before end December 2009. The Steering Committee will be made more broad based.

As per the guidelines, the prospective entrepreneurs are to be provided with seed capital equivalent to 35% of the project cost up to a maximum of Rs.3 lakh in respect of undergraduates and Rs.5 lakh in respect of post-graduates and Rs.7.5 lacs in respect of technically qualified persons such as engineers, doctors and computer science & technology graduates. For group initiatives, as also in deserving individual cases, the upper limit will be relaxable as may be prescribed. In terms of the extant guidelines of RBI, no collateral security shall be insisted for bank loan upto Rs.5 lacs. The State Government shall facilities a tie-up between JKEDI and financial institutions particularly the J&K Bank for available of adequate and timely credit- wherever required. The existing capacities in JKEDI will be strengthened to enable them to play a single-window/coordinating role for this initiative.

J&K Bank has agreed in principle to act as the debt syndicator for above scheme. To such an effect, a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) is being signed between Government of J&K and the J&K Bank wherein the terms and conditions of credit disbursement have been outlined. Consequent upon the Government earmarking a minimum provision of Rs.50 crore per annum in the Plan for the Scheme, which is expected to progressively increase to Rs.100 crore, the expected proportionate credit flow the J&K Bank will be in the range Rs. 100-200 crore annually. As a part of the MoU, the rate of interest for all these loans, which will qualify for priority sector lending, would be 9% per annum. There shall be a one year moratorium on repayment of principle and interest.

With a view to ensuring timely and adequate credit flow to the potential entrepreneurs, the maximum time period (after he/she completes the training programme with JKEDI), for finalization of project report, appraisal of the project and actual disbursement of the loan will be three months.

 SELF HELP GROUPS

            The State Government has  launched a  novel scheme ”Self Help Group Scheme” during the year 2003 for allotting work contracts to the  unemployed Degree/Diploma engineers. The following guidelines have been laid down for formation of Self-Help Groups:-

1.       The number of members of each Self-Help Group should not be less than 5 and not more than 10. 

2.       The Self Help Groups should be registered with the Registrar of Firms (Director I&C) as firms. 

3.       Members should necessarily be Diploma Engineer (3 years) or Degree holders. 

4.       None of the members or the group leader should be employed elsewhere. 

5.      The members of the Group should not be listed in more than one Self-Help  Group in the same District or some 
 other District.
 

6.      All original documents be verified by Officer in-charge personally at the District level. 

                7.     On the fulfillment of these conditions, the group would be registered as a Self- Help Group and an Identity Card
                      issued for allotment of work by various developmental departments.  

The total number of Self Help Groups registered in various District Employment & Counselling Centres  Division-wise as on ending March 2015 are detailed below::- 

Name of Division

Number of SHG registered with Registrar of Firms.

Number of Engineers involved

Kashmir Division   

262

1321

Jammu Division

116

590

Grand Total

378

1911

     


  
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