KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said that as many as 55,000 youths would be provided job skill training with stipend incentives under Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme (BSYDP) during the current calendar year.
He said that as many as 198,000 youths had been provided job training in different trades during his last tenure, out of which more than 60,000 have been absorbed in private and public sectors, while many thousands were self employed under this programme.
This he observed while presiding over a meeting with the management of the BBSYDP at CM House Karachi on Monday.
Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, Secretary to CM Rai Sikandar, Special Secretary to CM Abbas Baloch, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Chairman BBSYDP Air Marshal (retd) Riazuddin Shaikh, MD BBSYDP Karim Bux Siddiqui, Consultant to CM on Youth Development Engineer Taimoor Siyaal, Suleman Dasti and other officers attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, the CM said that success of BBYSDP could be gauged from this fact that 84,000 applications have been received from the youth for getting training, whereas the institutions with the BBSYDP have the enrolment capacity only for 53,000 candidates. The CM said that World Bank (WB) and other international donor agencies have appreciated BBSYDP, especially with reference to providing qualitative skill development training to minimise poverty and unemployment.
He said that after the big achievements of the BBSYDP, International Donor Agency (IDA) has offered Rs 1606.88 million soft loans to provide job skill training to additional 45,000 youth within 3 years. Besides UNICEF has also offered financial assistance to provide alternate job training to 8,000 children of cotton growers in Ghotki and Khairpur districts to replace health hazardous labour (cotton picking) with green jobs.
Similarly, the WB has also offered $100 million for youth development schemes in Sindh, he said, adding that hopefully these government initiatives would minimise unemployment, provide income and employment opportunities. He said that it would further increase the purchasing power of people and encourage investment to meet market demand.
Appreciating efforts made by the BBSYDP management for running the programme on merit and in an efficient manner, the CM directed officers to enhance institutional network, so that applicants after training would be absorbed in both public and private sectors.
Ordering to establish 'youth employment facilitating centres' (YEFC) in each district, the CM said that the world has became a global village and qualitative competition was at our doorstep so all job skill training centres must be reequipped, modernised and converted into leading institutions.
Chairman BBSYDP Riazuddin Shaikh and MD Karim Siddique briefed the meeting about the achievements and future plans of the institution. They said that training in 389 different trades was being delivered under BBSYDP. They said that they have strength of 4,528 trained tutors.
The WB and International Labour Organisation (ILO) have conducted trace study to ascertain the impact on employability, and termed it satisfactory as per world standards. They were of the view that the BBSYDP is addressing twin issues of poverty and unemployment through Human Resources Development in Sindh Province since 2008 and had completed its 4 phases with success.
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