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Private companies urged to participate in rural job fairs

Shastry V. Mallady

Kanimozhi writes to industry bodies such as CII and NASSCOM

— Photo: K.Ganesan

SEEKING THEIR COOPERATION: Thangam Thennarasu, School Education Minister, interacting with CII members in Madurai on Monday. R.Dinesh, chairman, CII Madurai Zone (left) and K.S.Bharath, vice-chairman, CII Madurai Zone, are in the picture.

MADURAI: Kanimozhi MP has personally written to hundreds of private companies, trade bodies and chambers of commerce seeking their participation in rural job fairs, christened ‘Kalaignar 85.’

Following the success of job fairs in four districts, the fairs will be held all over the State as part of the celebrations marking the 85th birthday of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Monday, Thangam Thennarasu, Minister for School Education, said the job fairs were completely non-political, even though they were coordinated by DMK leaders in districts.

“She is closely following the job fairs and had written to various national and State-level industry bodies such as the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM),” the Minister said.

He said the job fairs were benefiting three categories of job-seekers: Group A is for graduates, postgraduates and engineers, Group B for those with technical qualifications such as ITI and diploma, and Group C for candidates of X/Plus Two pass or fail, drivers, helpers and others.

Nearly 300 companies have come forward to participate and recruit suitable candidates.

Mr. Thennarasu, who held a meeting with representatives of CII Madurai Zone, said the potential of private sector was being tapped in view of employment opportunities generated out of Rs.46,000 crore investment coming to Tamil Nadu since the DMK came to power.

“We want to provide employment opportunities for the rural youth. And, ‘Kalaignar 85’ is a platform for that,” he said, adding that “the credit for job fairs goes to Ms. Kanimozhi since it was her brainchild and she took it up as a social responsibility.” Towns and tier-II cities stand to benefit immensely, he added.

For instance, in the Vellore district job fair held in September, 17,000 candidates out of the total 30,000-odd job-seekers got jobs.

“There will not be any sort of discrimination in selecting candidates. We are also now contemplating to do data analysis and take remedial steps for candidates who could not get selected. The aim is to get as many jobs as possible,” the Minister said. The age group eligible for participation is 20 to 35 years.

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