MNS launches training academy for unemployed youths

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Mumbai, Apr 25 (UNI) The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) today announced the launch of Navnirman Academy of Retail Industry (NARI), to train unemployed youths in the retail sector.

The announcement was made by Sunil Basakhetre, president of MNS's employment unit, here.

Its first batch would commence from May 1. They would be trained for 35 days. The academy would impart training to unemployed youths to work in the retail sector, considering its potential growth in near future. According to the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI), the industry would grow tremendously in the next 2 years with new malls coming up even in the small towns, said Mr Basakhetre.

''The youths will be trained in such a manner that they will get jobs in the malls and we have had talks with Reliance, Birla, Pantaloon and other retail giants, who have agreed to employ them if they are trained in the field,'' he said.

MNS president Raj Thackeray, when with the Shiv Sena, had started the 'Shiv Udyog Sena' (SUS) to create employment for the unemployed youths in the various fields and help the upcoming businessmen to start their own businesses.

This is the first initiative by the MNS to provide employment opportunities to the locals and also people living in Mumbai for the past 15 years would be trained by NARI at a nominal fee.

Mr Basakhetre said the employment unit of the MNS is just an extension of the SUS, which is still under Mr Thackeray, and is limited to Mumbai. It receives grants from the state government, but with MNS's employment unit the service would be given in the rural areas.

The party had written to many industries in Maharashtra, asking them to give employment to 80 per cent of locals and to adhere to the government resolution. Failing which, they would stage agitations to make the industries fulfil their demands.

It may be noted that MNS had recently written to the industries, requesting them to employ 80 per cent locals and follow the government resolution no 1072/13491 dated February 13, 1973.

Meanwhile, the state government yesterday announced that the industries in Maharashtra would have to provide employment to 80 per cent locals, otherwise action will be taken against the company, according to the government resolution.

After the success of the retail training, it would be spread to hospitality and other industries in the future, added Mr Basakhetre.

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