Azad raises issue of 15,000 J&K engineers rendered jobless

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 9/17/2020 12:55:24 PM

NEW DELHI, Sep 16: Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday expressed concern over the government abolishing the self-help group system four days ago bringing on roads some 15,000 unemployed engineers working as the government contractors since 2003.
Explaining the unique scheme introduced in J&K by then coalition government of Congress and PDP to provide the job opportunities to thousands of engineers with the technical education who all cannot be employed, Azad said a scheme of self-help group of Engineers was introduced to let the engineers form self-help groups and work as contractors since they already had the basic knowledge. These self-help groups were conceived on the lines of the self-help groups of women across the country.
Then government had ensured 5 to 10% of development works allotted to such help groups. Initially, a group cannot undertake works of more than Rs 5 lakh, but after they gained experience, the limit was raised to Rs 10, 15, 20 and 50 lakh and the groups with more experience were even awarded the contracts up to Rs 1 crore, Azad said, expressing concern that the system has been abolished in one stroke.
He urged the Centre to restart the self-help group scheme and got an instant support from PDP member Mir Mohammad Fayaz (J&K), RJD member Prof. Manoj Kumar Jha (Bihar) and BJD member Dr Sasmit Patra (Odisha).
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu too supported Azad, hoping that the Government will take note and pass it on the Lt. Governor of J&K.



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