Opposition members criticise govt over unemployment crisis in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: Opposition members in Odisha Assembly on Thursday attacked the government on the rising unemployment crisis in the state.

Legislators Mohan Charan Majhi, Mukesh Mahaling and Santosh Singh Saluja moved an adjournment motion on the topic and said 1.30 lakh posts are lying vacant from block to district level.

They said due to unemployment crisis, youth of the state are going to other states for employment. Most of them are working as bonded labourers, they added. The legislators said skill development programme has been completely collapsed and added that unemployment has become rampant.

Replying to the adjournment motion, the concerned minister Premananda Nayak said the state government has taken up Skilled in Odisha programme to impart training to the youth on different subjects and added that eighty skill development centre have been opened in different districts of the state.

The Minister said Model Career Centres have been opened up in Sambalpur, Cuttack, Rourkela, Dhenkanal, Berhampur, Keonjhar and Koraput districts and added that till date 246 Employment Melas were held to provide employment opportunities to over 1.35 lakh youth.

Eleven departments have been included in CM’s Employment Generation Programme and over 14 lakh youth were provided with training. The Minister said the target is to provide training to 1.51 lakh youth in the coming five years.

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