Around 300 youths from rural areas of Nagaland appeared for job interviews for different companies from outside of the state in a job mela held in Dimapur.
Organised by the Nagaland State Livelihood Mission, the two-day CXO meet and job mela under the Deen Dayal Upadhaya Kaushalya Ujana (DDUKY) at Hotel Saramati campus concluded on September 28.
The first of its kind job mela in Nagaland under DDUKY, provided an opportunity for the youth from rural Nagaland, who are otherwise focused in the government sector, to get jobs in private sector outside the state.
The youths who appeared for the interviews were trained by the Nagaland State Livelihood Mission under the DDUKY to get employment. During their three to seven months free training in different vocations, the trainees were given free food and accommodation, said mission director of Nagaland State Livelihood Mission, Imtimenla.
A total of 21 reputed companies from across India such as Delta and Associates, Arise Solution, E&K, Radisson Blu, Talent Acquaintance, The Park Hotel, The Den, ISS Facility Services India Ltd., ELS International, among others, conducted the interviews for direct recruitment.
The eligibility criteria were Class X pass and aged between 18 to 35 years.
Nagaland minister for rural development Metsubo Jamir, who opened the job mela, urged the youth to instill the dignity of work before starting any job.
He said though Nagaland has a lot of resources no investment is coming in because of the “situation” in the state.
“Our situation has not allowed the youth to grow,” Jamir noted. He, however, added that things are now settling down for better.
He hoped that the job mela will provide a window of opportunity for the rural youth from poor families to get employment.
Talking to this correspondent on the sidelines of the programme, Junaid Majid Sheik, senior manager (training), The Park Hotel, said the Naga youths have distinguished qualities because of which his company is interested in recruiting them.
Sheik said they have good attitude and aptitude, good knowledge of English and are excellent in communication and easy to mould.
Looking at the past potential, he said, his company is interested to employ as many Naga youths as possible. He said 74 Naga youths are already working in his company for the past many years.
Echoing Sheik, Samon Mathews, director (human assets), Radisson Blu GRT Chennai, said the Naga youths are smart and hard working who fit into the hotel industry. He added that 36 Naga youths are already employed in his company.