Industry, administration join hands to ensure jobs for youth

JAMSHEDPUR: Industrialists, districtadministration, and the Indo Danish Tool Room (IDTR), came together for the first time on Saturday to ensure adequate employment opportunities for skilled youths of the three districts of Kolhan division.

At the meeting in Gambharia, attended by the deputy commissioners of East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan, IDTR officials and local
industry representatives, a unanimous decision to form a joint panel of the three respective organizations to thrash out measures to increase job opportunities for the local youth was taken.

"Significant suggestions regarding advanced skill development courses and subsequent employment to local youth came from the two deputy commissioners and the industry representatives," said Ashutosh Kumar, senior manager (administration), IDTR.

Currently, 400 matriculate youths, including about 100 girls, from the West Singhbhum, East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan districts, are undergoing advanced skill development training at IDTR under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) of the Union government.

The issue of adequate salaries and annual increment of skilled youth employed in the local industries was also taken up in the meeting. The debate on salary assumes importance at a time when reports of several advanced skilled trainees of IDTR not being paid adequately are doing the rounds.

"The ancillary units and medium and small enterprises in general do not offer hefty pay packages. However, in the wake of rising prices of essential commodities and particularly after Saturday's meeting, the industry is ready to think about revising the packages of the skilled employees," said a senior official of a private firm.

The macro small and medium enterprises (MSME) unit, IDTR, is a central government project assisted by the Denmark government. IDTR serves the needs of the industry related to tool room, technical know-how and trained manpower. The representatives of about 30 companies including Adhunik Group, Abhijeet Group, GMT, participated in the meeting.