Employment exchanges to be upgraded to model career centres

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These MCCs will provide a variety of employment- related services, such as job matching, career counselling, vocational guidance, and information on skill-development courses.

The age-old employment exchanges across the country are all set for an overhaul. The Government plans to set up Model Career Centres (MCCs) in collaboration with the states and other institutions of repute to deliver employment services.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has approved 68 employment exchanges for the establishment of MCCs. The Government provides financial assistance to these centres based on the proposals and scheme guidelines. Rs 23.51 crore was spent to set up new model centres, while Rs 60 crore was spent to upgrade 712 employment exchanges in the country.

The employment exchanges will be interlinked with the National Career Service to provide a variety of employment-related services, such as job matching, career counselling, vocational guidance, and information on skill-development courses.

These services are also available online on the National Career Service Portal (www.ncs.gov.in) and supported by a call centre/helpdesk. The services under NCS are accessible from multiple delivery channels, such as NCS Portal, employment exchanges (career centres), common service centre, and so on.

Employment generation and improvement of employability have been the priority concern of the Government. The Government is implementing various programmes in this direction, such as encouraging the private sector of the economy, fast tracking various projects involving substantial investment and increasing public expenditure on schemes, such as the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) and Deen Dayal Antodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM).

According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt Ltd. (CMIE), unemployment rate is in the range of 3.39 per cent to 5.67 per cent during July, 2017 to June, 2018.

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