Will provide 10 lakh jobs by 2009: Yeddyurappa

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Bangalore, Oct 19: The Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said on Saturday, Oct 18 that the state government aims to provide 10 lakh jobs by 2009 through jobs fairs which will focus on both employment and training. The fairs would be conducted throughout the state including districts.

Chief Minister said that a budgetary allocation of Rs 25 crore has been made for employment and training. "If need arises, another Rs 25 crores will be allocated for the purpose in the next budget", he added. He was inaugurating the two-day 'MES Skills and Jobs Fair', a joint initiative of the newly constituted Skills Commission, state Employment and Training department, Karnataka Vocational Skills Development Corp, Labour Department and Modular Employment Scheme (MES) here.

"The fair is unique as for the first time such a joint initiative is being taken up for the purpose in the country", Yeddyurappa said. He also unveiled the Job Hotline-080-600-12345 and the website www.karskills.com on the occasion. Reports suggest that the government has decided to open ITIs in all the 175 taluks in the state.

An MoU to impart training was inked with five organisations including L&T and Karnataka Police Housing Corporation, on the occasion.

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