Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga on Tuesday launched a Rs 3.3 crores project under Mizoram Youth Commission (MYC) to assist migrant workers, who lost their jobs outside the state due to the ongoing pandemic.
The project christened “Livelihood Generation for Returned Migrant Workers” will be funded by the North Eastern Council (NEC) and cover more than 2,600 people.
These people will receive skill-based and entrepreneurship development training to enable them to find suitable employment.
Zoramthanga said, “The global pandemic has affected the whole world and Mizoram is no exception.”
He expressed regret for many state residents, who have returned to the state after losing their jobs due to the pandemic.
MYC chairman and ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) legislator, Vanlaltanpuia said, “At least 2,637 migrant workers have lost their jobs and returned to the state.”
The chief minister also expressed concern about the gradual decline in the number of educated Mizos serving as IAS officers or under central service.
He exhorted the educated youths to work with determination and perseverance so as to Mizoram to feature among the states having the highest percentage of central government servants.
Zoramthanga also said that his government would continue to ensure that Mizoram has a separate cadre of IAS officers.
The state government will expedite the implementation of coaching and sponsorship programmes to produce more officers under central government service.
The commission has already submitted a project proposal with the list of migrant workers to NEC.
“The project will have seven components to assist the migrant workers to generate livelihood,” said Vanlaltanpuia.
The entrepreneurship development programme will provide training to 550 youths in 11 districts of the state.
While the state labour, employment, skill development and entrepreneurship department will conduct skill training of 150 youths, Mizo University will impart entrepreneurship skill training to 100 candidates.
A total of 637 people will undergo training on BPO, animation, gaming and designing and 120 will learn about home-based food processing.
About 100 people will be trained for tour guides and a sizable candidate will also be trained for e-commerce.