The vice-chairman, Himachal Pradesh Forest Development Corporation Mr. Kewal Singh Pathania said today that the Skill Development Allowance Scheme was gaining popularity among the youth of the state. He added that within a short period of four months skill development allowance amounting of Rs. 17,28,500 had been dispersed to 1548 beneficiaries who were enrolled in different types of skill development training.
Mr. Pathania said that under the able guidance of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, State Government was doing its best to provide more and more employment and self employment opportunities to the youth of the state. The Skill Development Scheme was announced in the first budget itself, to meet the demands of skilled manpower in the industry. The scheme had been envisioned to enhance the employability of the youth especially, in ever growing private sector, he added.
Vice-chairman said that under the Skill Development scheme, eligible educated youth in the age group of 18-35 years were being provided Rs. 1000 per month as Skill Development Allowance for a period of two years. Persons with 50 percent or more disability were being provided this allowance at a rate of Rs. 1500 per month. He said that applicant must be registered with any employment exchange in the state as on date of application and his income from all sources should not exceed Rs. 2 lakhs per annum to avail the benefit of the scheme. Applicant should be enrolled in any skill development course in the country, he added.