Kerala Aims To Create 95,000 Jobs Amid Rising Unemployment: Chief Minister

At least 50,000 jobs will be created by December, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. (File)


The Left front government in Kerala was aiming to put in place an integrated plan to create 95,000 new jobs to address the large-scale unemployment situation due to COVID-19, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday.

“The financial crisis arising out of the pandemic has created alarming unemployment in the state and to address this, an integrated plan will be implemented to create new jobs,” Mr Vijayan said.

About 50,000 jobs were announced earlier in the non-agricultural sector as part of the “100 days programme.”

However, the target now was to create 95,000 jobs out of which at least 50,000 jobs are guaranteed to be created by December, Mr Vijayan said.

The detailed figures and the addresses of the recruits would be published every two weeks on a special portal to be launched for this purpose.

The government and quasi-government public sector undertakings will provide employment to 18,600 people. This includes permanent, temporary and contract appointments.

As many as 425 posts are expected to be created in higher secondary schools, 700 posts in aided colleges and 300 temporary posts as part of the new courses.

Appointments to 6,911 posts in aided schools will be regularised, 700 posts will be created in medical colleges and 500 posts in public health system.

Covid First line Treatment Centres will provide temporary employment to over 1,000 people,500 people from the Scheduled Tribes will be appointed as Beat Officers in the Forest department.

Apart from the health and education departments, 1,717 people will be employed in other departments. Appointments in government service and in public sector quasi-government institutions will be made through Public Service Commission. The target is to recruit at least 5,000 people within 100 days through PSC, he said.

In PSUs, there will be 1,761 appointments in 42 units, including 1178 permanent appointments, 342 temporary appointments and 241 contract appointments.

The Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation (KELTRON) will employ 241 people. More than 100 appointments will be made in Kerala Minerals and Metals, Travancore Titanium, Kerala State Textile Corporation, Kerala State Bamboo Corporation and Kerala State Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited.

A total of 766 appointments will be made in these five institutions.

The Industrial Sector will create 23,100 jobs in 100 days, including 1,760 direct recruitment in public sector companies mentioned earlier. At least 2,400 MSME units and 7,200 jobs would ensure new jobs in the second quarter through the district industrial centres.

Under the Kerala MSME Facilitation Act, 4,053 people have been given permission to start small scale industries. These ventures will provide employment to at least 6,000 people.

Investment subsidy has been sanctioned to 700 enterprises under the Industries Department which will provide employment to 4,600 people, the chief minister said.

At least17,500 jobs in the Cooperative sector and 15,441 in Kudumbasree are some of the other job creation targets of the government.

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