The Prime Minister’s Programme for Youth is receiving tremendous response from the youth of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a large number of the educated and skilled youth are getting inquiries regarding its procedures. The programme has broad canvas of schemes enabling youth and poor segments of population to get good opportunities of employment, economic empowerment, acquiring skills needed for gainful employment, spreading use of computers and imparting on-the-job training for young graduates to improve the probability of getting a productive job. The programme is set to be launched in next few days. The fund would be disbursed in the youth on soft terms and conditions and instead of employees it would help turn them into employers. Under the programme, six different schemes included Prime Minister’s Qarz-Hassana Scheme, Prime Minister’s Business Loan, Prime Minister’s Youth Training Scheme, Prime Minister’s Youth Skill Development Scheme, Prime Minister’s Scheme for Provision of Laptops and Prime Minister’s Scheme for Re-imbursement of fee of students from the Less Development Areas. Talking to APP, Provincial Chief, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (Smeda), Javed Iqbal Khattak Thursday confirmed that the youth are jubilant and taking keen interest in the scheme and the visiting of the large number of youth for seeking information is ample proof of that tremendous response. He said that dozens of youth had already been visited their office in connections with the programme.
He said that for the facilitation of the youth in beginning of their businesses, the authority has especially designed 54 pre-feasibility studies for the establishment of small and medium businesses that are put on the website of the authority and thousands of youth are taking benefits of them. The programme, he said is focussing on new entrepreneurs while 50 percent quota of the loan is allocated for women.
In this connection, he said 25 centers are facilitating the youth where special desks have been established in this regard.
Source: The Frontier Post.