BELGAUM: Labour minister B N Bacchegowda has said that the government, with the help of the Centre, would implement Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana to attend to the health needs of the labour families, especially those below the poverty line. Speaking after giving appointment letters to the successful candidates on Sunday, the concluding day of the two-day job fair, he said:
"Around 2.35 crore labourers are working in the unorganized sector. They are getting less facilities when compared to those in the organized sector." Expressing satisfaction over the response to the job fair here, the minister said the government has been organizing such fairs in 15 districts, the Belgaum one being the sixth. "Fairs have been getting good response across the state. There are jobs, but what's lacking is skilled workforce. The government will assess the skills of job seekers and train them accordingly," he said.
The job fair, conducted by Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation, saw 9,225 candidates registering their names. Of them, 3,152 were selected for jobs while 4,261 for training. As many as 1,160 persons landed jobs soon after counselling. Of the 91 stalls, 14 were vacant.