Minister of State for Fisheries and Cooperatives, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma inaugurated a 2-day Employment Fair organized by District Employment and Counselling Centre, Kathua here at Phinter Ground in Billawar today. The Minister after inaugurating the employment fair visited the stalls and inspected the exhibits of various departments. Stalls drawn from different departments including Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture, Floriculture, Fisheries, Industries, Handloom, Cooperatives, and Animal husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Rural Dev. Deptt, DRDA, Social Welfare, Health, education, labour, JKEDI, Handicraft, Khadi Village Industrial Board, Employment &Counselling Centre and bankers were installed.
The stall of progressive farmer namely Sanjay Kumar remained the attractive stall during the first day of the fair. Member Parliament ChLal Singh, MLC Subash Gupta, DDC Kathua, Jitendra K Singh, Deputy Commissioner Excise Mushtaq Ahmed, SSP Kathua, Mohan Lal SDM Billawar Deep Raj, SDPO Basohli Rafiq Manhas were among the present on the occasion. Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma on the occasion said that Youth shoud avail the benefits of state and central sponsored employment schemes viz PMEGP, SKEWPY, UDAAN and UMEED. He said Billawar has perse climatic conditions which is ideal for multi cropping and multi trade farming. He said youth should come forward to adopt bee keeping, fish farming, dairy farming and flower growing besides contemporary crops to get sufficient earning. He said the purpose of the Employment Fair is build awareness among unemployed educated youth about the existing government sponsored schemes implemented by different departments and agencies for establishment of income generating units. He said employment deptt is shouldering responsibility to reach out to the unemployed educated youth to provide the benefits of various schemes and make them become self-reliant.
MP Ch Lal Singh while speaking on the occasion said that Government of India has formulated scheme for skill development of the youth by sponsoring their pursuit of professional education. He said PRI’s bear responsibility to make aware the people about the schemes / programmes of the government. He added that government of India is providing agricultural implements, high quality seeds and fertilizers at subsidized rates to raise the socio economic status of the farmers. MLC Subash Gupta while speaking on the occasion appealed the youth to come forward and avail the benefit of various self employed scheme to become self-reliant. Leaflets, literature and pamphlets of schemes and programmes of different departments were distributed among the visitors in the fair. Resource persons and technical experts of the departments presented details about self-employment schemes. They also suggested methods & means to establish small units not only to become self-reliant but providing employment opportunities for others too. Speakers also called for registration of unemployed youths to get benefit of Voluntary Service Allowance under Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme of state government under which allowance is given to unemployed youths.
District and Tehsil level officers, Panches and Sarpanches and a large number of people were also present on the occasion. Later on the concluding day of the Cooperative Week a function was organised to commemorate the occasion. The programme was organized by Cooperative Deptt. in collaboration with the societies of cooperative command area development District Kathua and J&K State Cooperative Union at Dayalachack in Tehsil Hirangar. Minister of State for Cooperative, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
MP Ch. Lal Singh, MLC Sh. Subash Gupta were also present on the function. The Societies of Command Area Development District Kathua, highlighted their achievement and overall performance. The representatives of participating societies putforth the problems faced by the societies before the Minister. Dr Manohar lal Sharma Sharma while speaking on the occasion said cooperative is a movement chiefly meant to organize the agricultural and allied sector which is the backbone of the Indian economy. He said government has initiated several steps to nurture the cooperative culture in the state by restoring sick cooperative societies. Among others Registrar, Additional Registrar, Deputy Register Command Area Development Hiranagar, Asstt. Register cooperative Hiranagar Asstt Register Barnoti, Representatives from societies Sarpanches, Panches and large number of people were present on the occasion.