RM20m to train Indian youths
The government will spend RM20 million to train 3,000 workers under the Indian Youth Skills Development programme.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said subjects such as hair styling, cooking and aircraft maintenance had been identified for inclusion in the programme.
Applications from Indian youths, aged 18 to 40, will open next month.
Training will be conducted by the private sector and the participants will be given an allowance.
“We want to transform the livelihood of these youths, the majority of whom are from estates and are migrating to urban areas in search of a better life.
“We need to equip them with the necessary skills to enable them to obtain jobs easily,” Najib said after chairing the Cabinet Committee on Indian Affairs at Parliament house yesterday.
Among those at the meeting were MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz.
Najib said the meeting also discussed the need to increase the number of Indians in the civil service.
He said Indians now account for 4.1 per cent of the 1.2 million civil servants and the government is looking to increase the number to seven per cent.
He also said the RM50 million allocated under the first economic stimulus package last year to upgrade Tamil schools, would be disbursed to the Public Works Department to rebuild or rehabilitate dilapidated schools, as well as to upgrade their facilities.
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