Panel on job plan for JK youth to give report

New Delhi: An expert group headed by former RBI Governor C Rangarajan for formulating a comprehensive job plan for youth of Jammu and Kashmir will submit its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday.

The report will be presented by Rangarajan to the Prime Minister ahead of his two-day visit from tomorrow to Jammu where he is expected to announce a special employment package for the youth and also Central assistance to help Basmati rice farmers.

He would participate in the convocation ceremony of Sher-e-Kashmir Agriculture University besides handing over nearly 800 houses to Kashmiri migrants.

This is the first visit of Singh to Jammu during his second term in office.

Singh had said that the Centre would do everything in its power to strengthen the hands of the J&K government to provide a fairer deal to the youth of the state to provide avenues for gainful employment.

Replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President for her address to both Houses of Parliament, he had said the Rangarajan panel would work out a plan of providing 50,000 to one lakh jobs to the Kashmiri youth.

"I hope that once we start implementing them, these are precise proposals where the Indian industry commits itself to employ Kashmiri youth and if we can create jobs for a lakh of students from the Valley and other parts of Kashmir, I dare say it will change the mental make-up or the mindset of the Kashmiri people," he had said.

The six-member panel was constituted by the Prime Minister in August last in an effort to enhance employment opportunities in the state and formulate a job plan involving both the public and private sectors.

Rangarajan, at present Chairman of the Prime Minister`s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) and other members of the group had held extensive interaction with various associations and representatives of trade and industry.

The group had interacted with the National Skill Development Coordination Board and National Skill Development Corporation with a view to exploring possibilities of enhancing employability in the state.

Other members of the panel are N R Narayana Murthy, Tarun Das, T Nanda Kumar, Shakeel Qalander and Bharat Vyas.

Principal Secretary (Planning) in J and K government is the Member Secretary.