A total of 655 youths, including women, in Fulchhari upazila, Gaibandha, recently received jobs at different offices and academic institutions within the upazila headquarters and rural areas under the National Service Programme (NSP).
According to sources, the government introduced NSP as a pilot project in Gopalganj, Barguna and Kurigram districts in 2010, with an aim to create work opportunities for unemployed youths.
The government brought eight upazilas, including Fulchhari, under the programme in October 2011, during its second phase, said Fulchhari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mehedi-ul-Sahid.
He also said initially 719 unemployed youths were selected from the upazila. Of them, a total of 665 candidates were selected for jobs and asked to join the training programme.
Per the guidelines of the programme, all recruited beneficiaries were given instruction in a three-month-long basic training on primary education, secondary education, health and family planning, local government and agriculture, forest and environment. The training was held at the upazila headquarters in batches from March 3 to May 30. Each trainee also received Tk100 per day as allowance during the training period.
The training sessions were conducted by UNOs, district and upazila level officials, including experts from different departments. The Department of Youth Development supervised the training course in cooperation with district and upazila administration, office sources said.
Upon completion of the training on June 1, the selected youths were attached to different offices and academic institutions within the upazila, where they received wages of Tk200 per day for the term of two years on a temporary basis, Nazmul Hasan, upazila youth development officer said.
On Thursday, while visiting different offices in the upazila, this correspondent found the youths to be enthusiastic about performing their duties, since their unemployment problem was resolved after joining the programme.
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Deputy Commissioner Quazi Anwarul Haque said it was one of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s priority projects. He the sought wholehearted cooperation of all in the upazila, and looked forward to making the project a success.
On February 28, the PM formally inaugurated the programme in eight upazilas of seven districts in Rangpur division via videoconference from her Ganobhaban office in Dhaka, he said.