KARACHI  - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that as many as 55,000 youth would be provided job skill training with stipend incentives under Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme (BBSYDP) during current calendar year, enabling them to get job opportunities in public-private sectors.

Presiding over a meeting with management of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme (BBSYDP) on Monday, the chief minister said that as many as 1,98,000 youth had been provided job training in different trades during his last tenure of government, out of which more than 60,000 youth have got themselves absorbed in private and public sectors while many thousands were earning from self employment in the market under this programme.

Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, Special Secretary to CM Abbas Baloch, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Chairman BBSYDP Air Marshal (r) Riazuddin Shaikh, MD BBSYDP Karim Bux Siddiqui, Consultant to CM on Youth Development Engineer Taimoor Siyaal, and Suleman Dasti and other officers attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister said that success of BBYSDP could be gauged from this fact that 84,000 applications have been received from the youth for getting training whereas the institutions with the BBSYDP have the enrolment capacity only for 53,000 candidates.

He said that BBSYDP has been appreciated by the World Bank and other International donor agencies, especially with reference to provide qualitative skill development training to minimize the poverty and unemployment from the society. 

He said that after the big achievements of the BBSYDP the International Donor Agency IDA has offered 1606.88 million soft loans to provide job skill training to additional 45,000 youths within 3 years.

Besides, Unicef has also offered financial assistance to provide alternate job training to the 8,000 children’s of the farmers of cotton growing areas in Ghotki and Khairpur districts to replace them from health hazards labour (cotton picking) to green job.

Similarly, the World Bank has also offered the $100 million for the youth development schemes in the Sindh he added and said that hopefully these initiatives of this government to minimize the unemployment, provide income and employment opportunities to the youths in millions in near future.

Appreciating the efforts made by the management of the BBSYDP for running the programme on merit and in efficient manner, the Chief Minister directed the officers to enhance the institutional network of this programme in such a way so that not only all the applicants be enrolled for training but they should be absorbed in the jobs in public and private sector and enable to run their own business after training.

He also directed the management to establish the Youth Employment Facilitating Centre (YEFC) in all districts to guide the youth for getting training, jobs and self employment for their future carers.  

The Chairman BBSYDP Riazuddin Shaikh and MD Karim Siddique briefed the meeting about the achievements and future plan of the institution.

They were of the view that BBSYDP is addressing twin issues of the poverty and un-employment through Human Resources Development in the Sindh Province from 2008 and completed its 4 phases with success, provided training about 200,000 youth and it endeavors to enhance its capacity, provide training to more youths in more market oriented traders including information technology.