AP: Manmohan Singh evades another insult in fake job scheme

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Hyderabad, Feb 3: With scam and scandals engulfing the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Feb 4 saved his face just before circulating appointment letters to around one lakh unemployed youth under 'Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu' scheme unaware of it being a fraud one.

G Vivekanand, Congress MP from Peddapalli constituency in Karimnagar wrote a letter to the Prime Minister saying that it was only the modified version of an earlier scheme called the Rajiv Udyogsri.

In the letter, G Vivekanand, Congress MP from Peddapalli constituency divulged that the scheme was only the modified version of an earlier scheme called the Rajiv Udyogsri and Kiran Kumar Reddy cleverly included his name to fetch credit. Adding to that, he said that job seekers were aware that this scheme will only provide them jobs in private sector and not in the government sector.

"The scheme is being widely publicised as though the state government is providing government jobs. But in reality, it is only a skill development programme aimed at facilitating employment in the private sector. This has adversely affected the image of the Congress and the state government," said Vivekanand.

The Prime Minister's Office confirmed it as a fake scheme after making enquiries about the scheme, said sources.

"Why should the Prime Minister come all the way to Hyderabad to distribute appointment letters to the youth for petty jobs in the private sector? Does it not reflect badly on the Prime Minister's image?" asked Pulok Chatterjee, PM's Principal Secretary.

The Rajiv Education and Employment Council of Andhra Pradesh (REECAP) is monitoring the scheme and the government has opened over 800 training centres all over the state to impart work skills to the unemployed youth.

"For example, out of the 35,000 registered candidates in Warangal district, only 4,600 candidates could get small-time jobs as sanitary workers, plumbers and electricians in small local firms," an official source said.

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