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Over 1 lakh youths given jobs under DMK scheme

S. Ganesan

Seven fairs organised at district level within two years

— Photo: R. Ashok

Tapping talents: Kanimozhi, MP, handing over the job offer letter to a candidate at the concluding ceremony of the three-day job fair organised by the DMK in Tiruchi on Sunday. (From left) Forest Minister N.Selvaraj, School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu and Transport Minister K.N. Nehru are in the picture.

TIRUCHI: As many as 1.05 lakh unemployed youths have been given job offers through ‘Kalaignar 86,’ a district-level job fair initiative organised across the State by Member of Parliament Kanimozhi.

It has grown from a small fair in Mallankinaru in Virudhunagar district about a year-and-a-half ago, in which about 800 job aspirants and 50 employers participated.

In the seventh fair at Tiruchi, which concluded on Sunday, over 1.25 lakh persons registered — about 29,000 candidates turned up on day one, meant for Group A comprising graduates and post-graduates, including engineering and technology candidates, and nearly 14,000 appeared under Group B on the second day meant for ITI and diploma holders, D. Pharm and catering technology candidates.

On the final day, nearly 26,500 turned up for Group C category covering candidates with qualifications from Standard VIII to Plus Two. Nearly 500 companies participated in the fair.

As many as 36,297 candidates secured jobs. With this, the total number of youths who have been offered jobs across the seven fairs has crossed the 1 lakh mark. In Tiruchi, the candidature of another 17,338 youths has been taken up for the next stage of processing by various participating companies, announced Ms. Kanimozhi. Answering a query on the feedback from companies on the quality of the talent pool available here, Ms. Kanimozhi said: “The companies were generally happy. Candidates from rural and semi-urban areas could match their urban counterparts.”

The job fair here attracted the largest turnout by far both, in terms of candidates and participating companies and correspondingly the number of candidates who had landed jobs was also high, said Minister for School Education Thangam Thennarasu, whose team has helped out in successive job fairs.

Ms. Kanimozhi promised that they would follow up on the applications that had been taken up for the next stage of processing.

“We have the entire database computerised, and we will be in touch with the companies and the candidates,” she said.

An information centre, which she declared open earlier in the day at Kalaignar Arivalayam in the city, would update information on job opportunities.

A soft skills training centre has also been planned by the district unit of the DMK.

Earlier, handing over offer letters to successful candidates at a brief concluding ceremony, Ms. Kanimozhi congratulated the youths and commended the dedicated work of partymen and Fr. Bosco, coordinator, and his team for making the event a success.

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