CM Kamalnath launches job scheme for urban youth

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath on Friday launched his government’s flagship scheme — ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Swabhiman Yojana’ (MYSY), which guarantees 100 days of employment a year to urban youth along with a stipend of Rs 4,000 a month. It’s the first of its kind in the country, combining work and skill training for the jobless in urban areas.
Nath took the opportunity to attack PM Narendra Modi, saying: “The Modi government is paying Rs 6,000 a year to farmers as pension, while the Congress government in MP will pay Rs 4,000 a month to the youth. My government does not believe in slogans, but in delivering services.”

He pointed out that in just 57 days, the Congress government in MP has taken a series of major decisions to help farmers and youth. “Four and a half- years ago, Modi ji gave big slogans — Make in India, Skill India, Digital India, Stand Up India. Is there any youth who has availed of benefits of Stand Up India or Digital India? These slogans will not provide opportunities to our youth,” the CM said, while distributing job certificates to youngsters at the launch of the MYSY scheme.

“We are paying Rs 4,000 per month with 100 days’ work guarantee to the youth. They (BJP-led NDA) are giving Rs 6,000 as pension a year to farmers. We are very clear on how to protect the future of our youth. Youngsters are not interested in commissions but jobs and opportunities to do business,” said Nath.

Urban development minister Jaivardhan Singh said 1.65 lakh youth have already registered for the scheme. “Only those in the age group of 21-30, and whose family income is less than Rs 2 lakh a year, are eligible for the scheme. The state will invite companies to provide full time employment to youths trained under MYSY,” he said.

Speaking on farm welfare, Nath said: “A major challenge is to initiate wider reforms in agriculture as we have an agrarian economy. If we are unable to give adequate price to farmers for their produce then our economy will not improve. If the purchasing power of farmers does not increase, it will have a negative impact on commercial activities and ultimately the state will suffer in terms of overall development.”

The CM also highlighted efforts to bring investment to the state. “It was very difficult to build trust and bring investment to MP. Nobody is interested in investing in MP and more industries have been closed in past years than were established. But our effort is a new beginning for youth. Investment not only provides jobs but also boosts economic activities. Our perception about jobs and investment is clear. We do not believe in slogans. Neither do we believe in politics of posters, banners and hoardings. We have our ‘Vachan Patra’ before the public and are bound to fulfil it in the next five years,” said Nath.


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