BSF launches skill development programme for border youth

Shillong, March 29: In an effort to enhance better career opportunities for border dwelling youths, the Border Security Force (BSF) Meghalaya Frontier today launched an orientation programme on skill development for the unemployed youth for the border area at Mawpat here.

A group of 33 youths from bordering districts of East Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills joined the programme. The youths were introduced and oriented about their career in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) or any other uniform organisation to make them more compatible for the forces and enable to qualify the recruitment tests. Only one female trainee joined the programme.

The youth will be given training by BSF instructors on various aspects like physical fitness (provided with gym facility), general intelligence and reasoning, general knowledge and general awareness, elementary mathematics, basic English, basic Hindi, tips for viva voice, current affairs, physical test practice (5 km run, high Jump and long Jump) and practice for written test, during the one-month training programme.

Inspector General, BSF, Meghalaya Frontier, P. K. Dubey, said that unemployment and under-employment have been the two major challenges prevailing in the society in border areas of the Meghalaya, which led the youth join the illegal ways of earning money or indulge in criminal acts.

“Alleviation of poverty and removal of unemployment have been the major objectives of this programme. Skilled manpower can give productivity and reduce poverty. The mission of the programme is to enhance the ability of the under-educated and under-skilled students to find meaningful work and upgrade their competency. The presence of one young girl though was exceptional but encouraging,” Dubey said.

A similar training programme is being conducted at Prahari Nagar at Tura by the BSF, where 24 young boys were being given training both on physical and theoretical aspects.

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