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Chandigarh, 11th Nov (IANS): The Punjab government will launch a new job policy for sportspersons bringing laurels to the state by registering victories at international events, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said Tuesday.

Badal, who is also the state sports minister, was addressing sportspersons after giving awards to medallists from Punjab who have won medals in the recent Incheon Asian Games and Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

"The new sports policy will be cleared by the end of this month and is aimed at providing jobs to players on the basis of their national and international performance, besides fixing incentives for the coaches," he said.

Badal said that the new policy would ensure that sportspersons recruited in government services would spend initial 10 years in sports department on deputation to contribute in developing the sports in the state.

"This policy will also ensure promotions to the players on the basis of their international performance," he said.
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New Delhi, 3rd Nov (IANS): The Delhi High Court Monday asked the city government, and the Indian and Delhi Nursing Councils to respond to a plea seeking closure of nursing councils and institutes not recognised by the authorities, to save the future of students enrolled in nursing courses there.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the Delhi government's health and family welfare department, Indian Nursing Council (INC), Delhi Nursing Council (DNC), Rajasthan Nursing Council (RNC) and the Rajiv Gandhi General Institute in Alwar, Rajasthan, to respond to the plea and posted the matter for March 8 next year.

The court was hearing a plea by Sushma Chauhan who obtained a diploma in nursing from the Rajiv Gandhi General Institute in 2006 and got it registered with the RNC.

However, she recently came to know that the institute and the council were not recognised by the INC and was denied a job.

Filing her petition through advocate Sugriva Dubey, Chauhan said institutes giving training to students to become nurses do not disclose that the nursing council was not recognised. After the degree is obtained from that unrecognised nursing council, the students find it hard to get jobs in both government and private hospitals.

The plea said the DNC also does not recognise the RNC and has refused employment to some nurses who passed out from that institute.

Dubey informed the court that a large number of students do not know that the RNC is not recognised by the INC.

The plea said students after completing their diploma course from the RNC applied to the Delhi government hospitals and also those managed by the Centre. But special treatment was "arbitrarily" given to some students and they were employed.

"But a number of other students who got their diploma from the same unrecognised nursing council are not given employment only on the ground that unrecognised nursing councils cannot grant degree or diploma and those students are not competent to get employment," the plea said.

The plea said the government does not treat the students "equally" as some of them were given employment and those who do not have any influence are being deprived jobs.

"As many as 400 nurses, after completing training from the RNC, have been appointed in different hospitals owned by the Delhi government and also in hospitals managed by the Centre, which is violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution," it said.

The plea said the RNC was managed by the Rajasthan government and hence those getting degrees and diplomas from it were given employment by the state.

But if a student wants to get jobs outside the state, the degrees and diplomas were not valid.

The plea asked the court that the INC be directed to give wide publicity about the names of those nursing councils and hospitals whose diplomas are not recognised and "students be alarmed not to get diploma from these institutes".

It also prayed that the INC stop any grant either directly or indirectly to unrecognised councils.
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Thiruvananthapuram, 28th Oct (IANS): The Kerala government Tuesday offered three options to the 534 nurses who had to return from Iraq and Libya due to the conflict in those countries.

The options were finalised at a meeting here chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and attended by officials and representatives of five companies owning hospitals in the Middle East and in the country.

Of the 534 nurses, 39 hold a BSc nursing degree, while the remaining hold a diploma in nursing.

A government official who attended the meeting told IANS on condition of anonymity that there are practical difficulties faced both by the nurses who have not got their experience certificates from Libya or Iraq, and by the hospital authorities, because such certificates are essential for getting a job permit in all the Middle East countries.

"After discussions, three options have been put forward to the 534 nurses. On Nov 18, these nurses have to convey their decision," said the official.

In the first option, these nurses will be given three months training here to prepare for the mandatory tests. Upon clearing the tests they will be given jobs in any of the Middle East hospitals owned by the five companies which took part in today's talks.

In the next option, the nurses can work as 'Patient Aid' in these Middle East hospitals at a maximum monthly salary of Rs.50,000, and also prepare for the qualifying exam. Once they pass it, they will be absorbed as nurses.

The third option is that these nurses can work in any of the hospitals in the state owned by these five groups for a maximum salary of Rs.18,000 per month.

"The nurses have to indicate their preference on Nov 18 when the committee meets again," said the official.

Remya Jose, a nurse who returned from Tikrit in Iraq, told IANS that 15 of her friends who returned with her are now working with a private hospital in UAE, (who are partnering with the Kerala government for rehabilitating the returnee nurses).

"I was unable to go because my marriage was fixed. Now on the 18th of this month, I will be giving my option and I would now prefer to work in Kerala itself. My friends who have gone to the UAE are happy with their work," said Jose.

Currently, the expenses for the nurses to take up a job in any of the Middle East countries, come around to Rs two lakh including fees, airline ticket and other charges. But if these nurses opt for any of the three options they will have a free recruitment.
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New Delhi, 26th Oct (IANS): Poor youth from rural areas of India can look forward to improved placements in a range of areas, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, hospitality and retail, with the rural development ministry working on several innovations in its skill development scheme to make it an effective intervention in efforts towards poverty alleviation.

Official sources said that the reworked scheme - Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojna (DDUGKY) - has innovative features including "champion employers" and concurrent monitoring. The ministry, they said, was also working on other initiatives including "industry internship" and "international placements".

"The focus is to target placements outside the country and quality domestic placement for the poor rural youth. This is the future. This is also an effective way of alleviating poverty," an official told IANS.

The revamped scheme has a concept of "champion employer" - companies that will not only give employment to the youth but also provide them a certain level of career progression.

"Champion employers will provide 10,000 jobs in two years and these jobs will give opportunity for growth," another official said.

Officials said that leading firms had already been identified as champion employers - Cafe Coffee Day, Apollo Hospitals and The Manpower Group.

The officials said each of these firms will provide candidates a clear career path.

A candidate enrolling for a quick service restaurant trade in Café Coffee Day can rise to cafe manager in two years by acquiring three additional certifications, said officials. Apollo Medskills will provide training in areas like healthcare, pharmaceuticals, dental and paramedics. The Manpower Group candidates would be trained in pharma, retail and consumer products.

The rural development ministry has been implementing skills and placement initiatives since 1999 and had started the Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) as a placement-linked programme for wage earning and self-employment.

The SGSY was redesigned and launched last September with its Aajeevika Skills component seeking to provide skills to the poor rural youth (18 to 35 years) and link them with regular wage employment.

Officials said that quality jobs which promise a certain degree of career progression were virtually inaccessible to poor youth from rural areas who comprise 65 percent of the country's population of 1.25 billion.

The ministry is keen that the Deen Dayal UGKY scheme should not only address the needs of domestic industry but also meet the needs of skilled manpower abroad. It is keen for tie-ups with companies which can provide global jobs.

Officials said that developed countries were predicted to face a shortfall of 57 million semi-skilled workers by 2020 while India was expected to have a surplus of 47 million.

Countries such as the US, Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Spain, Britain and China, apart from countries in the Middle East, have a demand for skilled and semi-skilled manpower.

India has an estimated 430 million young people in the 15-34 age group, constituting about 35 percent of the country's population. The age group is projected to increase to 464 million by 2021.

"This is a demographic challenge as also a potential demographic dividend if productivity of this large youth force is harnessed through demand-based skill and capacity development," the official said.

He said the percentage of skilled workforce in India was far lower than in the developed countries.

"We need to start pushing now so that we can start meeting the global demand by 2020," the official said.

He added that the revamped scheme will also help take forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" vision.

The ministry is also working on a concept to benchmark the training programmes to international standards through Rural India Skills Emblem (RISE), to certify the skill-set of an individual as well as other job-related parameters.

The revamped scheme is expected to have a special component of industry internship.

The reworked scheme is expected to fully roll out before the end of this year and would be upscaled by 2017-18 to provide skills training to about a million youths a year.

The skills scheme provides for a grant and training rural youth through project implementing agencies. The scheme is implemented by the rural development ministry along with the state governments.
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New Delhi, 20th Oct (IANS): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed concern over low representation of women in many fields, including police where it is less than 10 percent.

Addressing the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Indian Women's Press Corps here Sunday, Singh recalled that one of the first things he did after becoming home minister was to issue an advisory to Delhi Police, and police in other states, to fill 33 percent posts with women.

In order to make women feel more secure in public spaces, he said police forces needed to be more "women friendly", according to a press release by the IWPC Monday.

The home minister also expressed concern over the "trolling" of women in the online media where as compared to men, character assassination of women was much more virulent.

He expressed concern over the growing atmosphere of insecurity for women in the country, the statement said.

He said all departments in the central government were conscious that it was necessary to create an environment that was progressive and safe for women.

The minister said that real empowerment of women could be achieved only by a prolonged struggle.

He also mentioned challenges of harassment at the work place.

At the same time, Rajnath Singh lauded the fact that women were taking great strides in every field and were consistent performers.

The minister also released a special souvenir with the theme "Women and the National Agenda". The function was jointly organised by the IWPC and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
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