J&K girls not scared of 'unsafe' Delhi, says Home Secretary

Kashmiri GirlsKashmiri girls are not the ones to get scared, said Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami. (AP)

Families in Delhi may consider the city unsafe for women but Kashmiri girls are not the ones to get scared, said Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami on Wednesday as he tried to allay fears in the minds of youths from Kashmir who are being offered training by corporates under Udaan, the government's flagship job programme for J&K youths.

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"Families living in Delhi do not consider Delhi safe. However, Kashmiri girls are very brave and they do not get scared," said Goswami as several private and public sector companies complained that families of girls from J&K were unwilling to send their children for the programme as they fear that girls will not be safe in the Capital.

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The ambitious Udaan scheme, being implemented by the National Skill Development Council, aims to employ 40,000 youths from the state over five years. The scheme aims to target youths who have completed graduation or are in the final year.

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The stakeholders, which included NTPC, ONGC, HCL, Wipro, Yes Bank and Canara Bank, also complained to the Home Secretary about a high dropout among the participants. According to a rough estimates, the dropout rate is as high as 45 per cent, said officials.

Goswami, who also hails from J&K, attributed the high dropout to low packages being offered by the private companies. "Jammu and Kashmir is not a poor state. Low packages dishearten us. They (the youth) are not looking for jobs at the lowest level," he said, adding that an average youth will not come out from the valley to earn Rs 10,000-15,000 since people there are more affluent. He asked the corporates to offer better salary packages to lure the youth.

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