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NSP progresses creating jobs for unemployed youths

NSP progresses creating jobs for unemployed youths

The second phase of the epoch-making National Service Programme (NSP) has been progressing successfully creating jobs for the unemployed educated male and female youths in Rangpur division.
Under the programme, 16,036 unemployed youths are getting jobs in eight upazilas of Rangpur, Dinajpur, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Nilphamari, Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat in the division and the government has allocated Taka 9.53 crore for the purpose.The present government launched the NSP in 2010 to fulfill its pre-election pledge of freeing the unemployed educated youths from unemployment through creating jobs for one member in each family to build a prosperous society free from poverty. According to official sources, the government has a plan to employ 7.20 lakh unemployed educated youths in the country with temporary jobs for two years through imparting training in different trades for turning them into skilled workforces.After successful implementation of first phase NSP as pilot project in Kurigram, Barguna and Gopalganj, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the second phase for seven districts in Rangpur division through a video conference on February 28 last.Under the first phase, 56,054 unemployed youths aged between 18 and 35 years, were employed after providing 3-month basic trainings on ten modules in 19 upazilas of Kurigram, Barguna and Gopalganj districts since 2010.Deputy Director of the Youth Development Department Azizur Rahman Talukder said 3,576 unemployed youths have been appointed under the second phase to different government departments, primary schools and other places in Kawnia and Pirganj upazilas of Rangpur for two years after trainings.“Under the second batch, three-month basic training for 1,329 more unemployed educated youths has been continuing and they will be appointed after completion of the training course in these two upazilas,” he added.Beneficiaries Farhana Afroz of Dakshin Goddimari in Hatibandha upazila of Lalmonirhat, Masud Rana and Selina Akhter of Fotehpur under Pirganj upazila of Rangpur narrated their feeling after getting jobs.“After completing 3-month basic training courses, we have got jobs and started newer life though we had lost all hopes after failing to get jobs despite hectic efforts for years together in the pasts,” they said.Talking to BSS, Member of the Parliament for Kurigram-2 constituency
Jafar Ali thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for pioneering the NSP from Kurigram where the youths and common people have already got rid
of poverty and seasonal ‘monga’.The first phase of the programme has been proved to be very successful in Kurigram where 31,358 selected unemployed youths were provided with temporary jobs for two years after imparting them 3- month training in 10 modules, he said.First-phase NSP beneficiaries Jyotsna Rani and Ratna Biswas said they worked for two years, got Taka 4,000 every month out of Taka 6,000 and rest Taka 2,000 were deposited with their own bank accounts and got back deposited Taka 48,000 after job expiry. “We have invested our deposits in poultry, dairy, pisciculture, crop cultivation and also got easy-term loans from different banks to launch income generation activities utilising knowledge acquired from trainings and working experiences,” they said. -UNB