Himachal celebrates 47th statehood day

Kullu, Jan 25 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday celebrated its 47th statehood day with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh highlighting the achievements of the state during this period.

It was on this day in 1971 that Himachal Pradesh was conferred the status of full state — the 18th in the country.

Addressing a state-level function here, the Chief Minister said during the past four years 44,300 jobs in the government sector and around 27,000 jobs in private sector were created.

As many as 39,000 jobs had been given by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission alone, he added.

He said a Rs 500 crore Skill Development Allowance Scheme was being implemented for unemployed youth.

Under this scheme, an allowance of Rs 1,000 per month is being provided to the unemployed youth and Rs 1,500 to youth with special abilities.

As many as 1.52 lakh youth have so far been benefited under the scheme, the Chief Minister said.

Besides, the Asian Development Bank-aided Rs 640 crore Skill Development Corporation has been set up with a targeted employment to 65,000 youths after providing them training in the first phase, he added.