The second phase of the epoch-making National Service Programme (NSP) has ushered in a new hope for 16,036 unemployed youths, including male and female, through creating jobs for them in Rangpur division.The present government launched the NSP in 2010 to fulfill its pre-election pledges of freeing the unemployed educated youths from unemployment through creating jobs for one member in each family to build a prosperous society free from poverty, officials said.
Under the programme, the government has a plan to employ 7.20 lakh unemployed educated youths with temporary jobs for two years through imparting training in different trades side by side turning them into skilled workforces.
After successful implementation of first phase NSP as pilot project in Kurigram, Barguna and Gopalganj, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the second phase for seven districts in Rangpur division through a video conference on February 28 last.
Under the first phase, 56,054 unemployed youths aged between 18 and 35 years, were employed after providing 3-month basic trainings on ten modules in 19 upazilas of Kurigram, Barguna and Gopalganj districts since 2010.
Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Narayan Chandra Barma today said the selected 16,036 unemployed youths are now undergoing 3-month basic trainings on ten modules in eight upazilas of seven districts in Rangpur division under second phase.
Deputy Director of the Youth Development Department Azizur Rahman Talukder here said the unemployed youths will be appointed to different government departments, primary schools and other places for two years after trainings.
Talking to BSS, selected unemployed youths for the second phase Farhana Afroz of Dakshin Goddimari in Hatibandha upazila of Lalmonirhat, Masud Rana and Selina Akhter of Fotehpur under Pirganj upazila of Rangpur narrated their feeling.
“We lost all hopes in life after failing to get job despite hectic efforts for years together. But, we are now feeling quite differently, undergoing 3-month basic trainings to get jobs very soon in our own areas to start newer life,” they said.
Member of the Parliament for Kurigram-2 constituency Jafar Ali thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for pioneering the NSP from Kurigram where the youths and common people have already got rid of poverty and seasonal ‘monga’.
First-phase NSP beneficiaries Parul Begum, Zinnatun Nahar, Sanarul Hasan, Jyotsna Rani, Shah Alam Mia and Ratna Biswas of Kurigram told BSS that after getting basic training in 2010, they got jobs, worked for two years, got Taka 4,000 every month out of Taka 6,000 and rest Taka 2,000 were deposited with their own bank accounts and got back deposited Taka 48,000 after job expiry.
“We are now investing our deposits in poultry, dairy, pisciculture, crop cultivation and getting easy-term loans from different banks to launch income generation activities utilising knowledge acquired from trainings and working experiences,” they said.