New Delhi: Government today said it foresees village and small-scale enterprises to generate most of the new employment opportunities during the 11th Plan period.
“Village and small scale enterprises (VSE) will provide most of the new employment opportunities during the 11th five-year plan,” Minister of State for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes today informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply to a question.
As part of the government’s measures to prevent job cuts and generate them, Fernandes said a new scheme called Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMGEP) was started in August 2008 for the 2008-09 to 2012-13 period.
The scheme is being implemented with an estimated expenditure of Rs4,735 crore towards margin money and Rs250 crore towards backward-forward area linkages to generate 37.37-lakh additional employment opportunities.
Fernandes also said rural employment and urban entrepreneurship schemes of the government, namely, Swarna Jayanti Sahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) and National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) are part of the measures.
The government noted that two separate surveys had revealed more than 6.09 lakh job losses during October 2008 to 16 January 2009 in Mining, Textiles, Metals, Gems and Jewellery, Automobile, Transport and IT/BPO sectors which had contributed more than 60% to GDP during 2007-08, he said.