Employment exchanges must focus on career counselling, vocational guidance: Advisor Ganai

Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Sunday urged the Employment Department to provide all assistance to unemployed educated youth in the state in their hunt for jobs in the domestic and global markets.

He said the focus of employment exchanges should be on vocational guidance and career counselling and these exchanges should link the employer with the registered candidates.

According to an official spokesperson, the advisor made these observations while reviewing the functioning of the Labour & Employment Department and the newly-launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana (PM-SYM).

Commissioner Secretary, Labour & Employment, Saurabh Bhagat, Labour Commissioner Bashir Ahmad Khan, Director, EDI Tufail Mattoo, Director Employment YP Suman, Managing Director Women’s Development Corporation Nahida Soz, CEO BOCWWB Peer Muzaffar and all district and sectoral officers of the Labour & Employment Department were present on the occasion.

Asking the department to take a cue from successful startups in the country like paytm, urban clap, housing.com etc, the Advisor said new innovative ideas shall help in establishment of enterprises that have greater scope and market acceptability.

Laying stress upon providing better working conditions to the working class, Ganai stressed upon strict implementation of labour laws to protect the interest of the labour community. He said the officers of the department should be well-versed with labour laws and new legislations so that they are better enforced in the larger interest of the working and construction class.

While reviewing the newly-launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana, the advisor asked the department to closely monitor registration of workers in CICs. He suggested use of random checking to revalidate data which shall plug holes in computing errors while registering eligible persons.

Under PMSYM which offers regular pension to the labour class people after they attain the age of 60, as many as 56,313 registrations had been done and 46,927 cards printed so far in the State.