GAIBANDHA: A project run by the Department of Youth Development (DYD) has created a very positive impact on the youths of northern region.
The project titled “Creation of Employment and Self-employment Opportunities for Unemployed Youths for creating income generating activities, including women in seven Districts of North Bengal” has been running here since 2012, according to local official sources, reports BSS.Under the project, a total of 4,500 youths including women were imparted training on cow rearing and cow fattening so far and loan facilities were also ensured for the trainees to help them start their income generating activities initially without any hardship.
Office sources said the department has already allocated Taka 8.05 crore as loan for the youths. Of them, Taka 6.84 crore has been disbursed to the 2,520 trainees of the district, said an official of the department.
On Saturday, a refresh workshop for the beneficiaries of the project organized by DYD was held at the Youth Training Center (YTC) at Tulshighat under Sadar Upazila on Saturday.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Gaibandha Abdul Matin attended the function and addressed it as the chief guest while Deputy Director of the DYD Tofayel Ahmed Khan presided over the ceremony.
Project Director (PD) Abdur Rezzak and assistant Project Director Abdur Rouf, Regional Manager of Dutch Bangla Bank Limited Abu Jewel and Deputy Coordinator of the YTC AM Khaled also spoke at the event as the special guests.
DC Abdul Matin in his speech said it is not possible only for the government or non-government organizations to provide all the unemployed youths of the country with jobs despite different limitations.In this context, the DC urged the youths to come forward with the mentality to receive the training on different technical and vocational trades properly and to engage in income generating activities aimed at overcoming unemployment problem to build unemployment free country.
Earlier, PD Abdur Rezzak presented a key note paper on the project and its achievement and said that the project was launched in 2012 and the tenure of the project would be ended in December this year but it might be extended.
A total of 50 beneficiary youths including women of the project and Upazila Youth Development officers and journalists from print and electronic media took part in the workshop.