Punjab government on Monday announced to provide a pre-recruitment training program for the wards of ex-servicemen and others for entry into technical/non-technical trades of defense /Para-military forces in various districts across the state to ensure maximum possible selection of youth from state nto Defense Services.
The Chief Parliamentary Secretary Virsa Singh Vltoha said that Rs 4 crore will be spent for this purpose during the year 2013-14 and the program is aimed to secure employment for Punjabi youth as majority of them came from rural areas with inadequate educational qualifications and could not qualify the entrance test for joining the armed forces.
“The training is being imparted in selected districts under the supervision of district sainik welfare officers within the premises of sainik rest house complexes where wards of ex-servicemen and scheduled castes will be provided free diet of Rs 60 per day during the training period of six weeks,” Vltoha said, adding that besides, vocational training in Punjabi stenography/typing training was also being arranged at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Faridkot and Roopnagar to enable the ex-servicemen/widows and their wards to join class-III jobs in the state civil services where 13 percent seats has been reserved for them.
“Besides this, computer training centers at Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Faridkot, Amritsar, Mukatsar, Hoshiarpur and Roop Nagar have been set up with a view to creating training facilities for the ex-servicemen/widows and their wards. Further, six new computer centers would be opened at Bathinda, Ferozepur, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Patiala and Sangrur soon,” he added.