Punjab Cabinet okays scheme to help jobless youth hone their skills
The Punjab Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Thursday approved ‘Mera Kaam Mera Maan (MKMM) scheme for unemployed youth. It would help them hone their skills and look for jobs in their chosen field through free short-term skill training.
The Punjab Cabinet decided to roll out the 'Mera Kaam Mera Maan' scheme from the current fiscal on a pilot basis for construction workers and their wards. As many as 30,000 beneficiaries will be covered under this pilot project.
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The Cabinet authorised Captain Amarinder Singh to extend the scheme to other sections of society as and when appropriate, besides empowering the Employment Generation, Skill Development & Training Minister to make any amendments to the scheme as required from time to time for its successful implementation.
According to a spokesperson for the Chief Minister’s Office, the scheme provides employment assistance allowance of Rs 2,500 per month for a period of 12 months from the start of the training course at Punjab Skill Development Mission training centres. The said allowance should be given during the training period, and after successfully completing the training during the pre-placement and post-placement period of 12 months from the date of the start of programme.
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Under the scheme, the eligible construction workers or their wards registered with the Construction Workers' Welfare Board, Department of Labour, could contact the District Bureau of Employment and Enterprise of the district concerned to avail the benefit.