Young workers: 50,000 internships for students under Youth Policy

Published: June 7, 2012
" If a flyover can be
built in four months,
load shedding can
be finished in six
months," Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. PHOTO: INP

" If a flyover can be built in four months, load shedding can be finished in six months," Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. PHOTO: INP


Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced a Rs1.5 billion programme for internships to 50,000 students as well as a 15 per cent quota for women in government jobs as he launched the first Punjab Youth Policy here on Wednesday.

Addressing an audience of several thousand at the Alhamra Cultural Complex, the chief minister described nine features of the policy. Apart from the internship programme, which will also see students working at Chief Minister’s Secretariat and the 15 per cent quota for women, Sharif also announced a five per cent quota for youths in local government jobs and an allocation of Rs2 billion the Women’s Employment Fund.

He said that Rs2 billion would be allocated for the Sports Fund this year, while youths working at farms would be provided tractors. He said the Rs4 billion Youth Skill Development programme inaugurated in southern Punjab last year in collaboration with the British government would now be expanded to the entire province.

He said the Punjab government and the Akhuwat Foundation had set up a programme last year to provide loans of Rs50,000 to unemployed youths. This year, he said, the budget for that programme had been increased by Rs3 billion to provide 150,000 young people loans of Rs50,000 each.

The chief minister said that the government would also distribute another 125,000 laptops to bright students in Punjab starting from July. He said that the government had spent Rs4 billion on providing the same number of laptops to students in the current financial year.

If the government had not spent that money on students, then “Ali Baba and his Forty Thieves” would have stolen the money, he said, referring to the federal government. He rubbished the notion that the government had handed out the laptops to win votes. He said the laptops had been distributed on merit and would give the young people who earned them the tools to move the country forward.

“Pakistan is not limited to Punjab,” he said. “It is about all the provinces and all the people.” He said if in the coming elections the people voted his party into government, they would ensure that there was no more load-shedding within six months of coming to power. “If a flyover can be built in four months, load shedding can be finished in six months,” he said.

PML-N member Marvi Memon said it was up to the youth of Pakistan to fix the country. She said she dreamt of a Pakistan free of discrimination and which owned its cultural roots and Islamic heritage.

Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood said the launch was a historic moment and that Punjab was the first province to have a youth policy. Sabiha Shaheen, the executive director of Bargad, an NGO which helped design the policy, said that more than 45 consultations had been conducted in the previous year on initiatives to help young people.

The launch ceremony, which started about 40 minutes behind schedule, was quite crowded, with the Cultural Complex filled beyond its seating capacity of 5,000. More than 500 volunteers helped with crowd control. Many young people chanted slogans (like ‘Go Zardari, Go’ and ‘Shame! Shame!’) and made paper planes out of the Youth Policy flyers distributed at the entrance. A few scuffles were reported in the athletes section.

The ceremony also featured a concert and speeches from at least 10 “youth icons”, including Lahore District Coordination Officer Noorul Amin Mengal, PTV host Taranjeet Singh and Punjab IT Board Chairman Dr Omer Saif. More than 40 stalls had been set up to inform young people about various job opportunities.

Students from LUMS, UET, PU, KEMC and LCWU were present in large numbers at the launch ceremony.

Published In The Express Tribune, June 7th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Jun 7, 2012 - 2:01AM

    please tell me how to register in this internship program also sent me registration formRecommend

  • HRK
    Jun 7, 2012 - 5:32AM

    Better late than never! Even though these steps should have been taken throughout the last four years, I still welcome this policy since it directly targets the strengthening of Pakistan’s future. Regardless of this being labelled as a positive economic move or a negative publicity stunt, the students end up being the winners. I hope we do more in this line on a federal level as well.


  • zafar
    Jun 7, 2012 - 5:48AM

    Is n’t it an election stunt, four years have passed, no youth policy, Why now, because youth is with Imran Khan…!!


  • riz
    Jun 7, 2012 - 8:16AM

    come up with sold plan!


  • Bitter Reality
    Jun 7, 2012 - 10:18AM

    I am really surprised whenever this Nation gets some relief they don’t even know how to appreciate it but will start complaining, why weren’t treated this way in past???? Learn to appreciate if someone is doing well. CM of Punjab is really turning out to be a good administrator and has done a lot for Punjab as compared to other provinces. If you don’t wana vote for him, its your choice and no one is supposed to dictate you. But youth of Pakistan should have enough courage to applaud if someone is doing well. In spite the fact having not enormous support from federal govt. this guy has done really well.


  • Noor
    Jun 7, 2012 - 10:38AM

    Is it just like 20 years back, Jamat Islami said “we’ll keep minimum wages to Rs 2000/-“(more than half tola of gold or about Rs 30000/- for today), when asked how? they said, by printing more currency!

    Sharifs don’t have any plans other than to make false statements, claims, etc.

    you can beat your opponents by doing something better, and not by blame game & big lies about your past & future actions.


  • adeel
    Jun 7, 2012 - 1:15PM

    Health, Education, Police, Revenue (Patwari), Transportation, these are the main responsibilities of Punjab Provincial Govt. but I am afraid like other provinces Punjab also failed to do any reform or improvement in these provincial subjects. Infact, Crime rate is going higher in Punjab, Admit Card and result mishaps for 2 years, suicide due to patwari couple of days ago, and doctors/nurses strikes no new hospital in Punjab. Punjab Govt failed at every front.


  • Iram
    Jun 7, 2012 - 1:34PM

    ” If a flyover can be built in four months, load shedding can be finished in six months,” Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

    May i please ask that why Allama Iqbal road Lahore is not build even in one and half year?


  • Mazi
    Jun 7, 2012 - 1:41PM

    If Pakistan’s administration is given to Shehbaz Sharif, I can expect a lot more developments throughout the country. Those who question about ‘Election Stunt’ should review shehbaz sharif’s past 4 years developments as well. It will not disappoint you at least.Recommend

  • zafar
    Jun 7, 2012 - 2:20PM

    @Bitter Reality
    Timing is very important of what you do in public interest. there may good intention behind this but we can only figure out ‘when’ this strategy has been chalked out and came out on surface, near election. this is simple!!


  • HAmad
    Jun 7, 2012 - 4:03PM

    Election time, Lets bribe to youth to become again CM!. Good luck CM


  • Umair
    Jun 7, 2012 - 4:25PM

    CM has set marvallous benchmarks in education and also doing alot for health sector. secondly computerized documentation of property has started. As far as crime is concern its due to unemployment and so much inflation nationwide. The above initiative is best one to enagege 50000 youngsters in productive fields in limited resources. Inshallah the day is not so far when they will be able to offer more than 500,000 jobs to the youth of pakistan.


  • Freeman
    Jun 7, 2012 - 5:21PM

    Wow Wow less than 6 months left for elections and look Khadim-e-Aallah is bribing youth. Where have you been last 4 years?????

    Last year non of Punjab Education board was able to announce results correctly and lot so youth have done suicide. Now look what they are doing. During last 4 years Punjab Govt. first time ever became bankrupt even they received more funds after 18th Amendmend.

    Thye are copying Imran khans and targetting youth now. Imran Khan is 100% right that PML(N) always copy PTI.


  • DevilHunterX
    Jun 7, 2012 - 6:02PM

    We had few kids from NIP and they never showed up for work. Just to collect their attendance every month.


  • nouman butt
    Jun 7, 2012 - 9:50PM

    please tell me how to register in this internship program also sent me registration form i am student of transportation engineer 3rd year in uet lahore


  • Jal
    Jun 7, 2012 - 10:40PM

    Another election gimmick by SS: Why he has suddenly come up with all such ideas close to elections?


  • javeria kiran
    Jun 8, 2012 - 9:09AM

    its a great initiative well done C M .plz inform me how to rigester in this programe .


  • Jun 8, 2012 - 9:11AM

    its a great initiative form cm welldone sir.plz inform me how to rigester in this internship.


  • Rana
    Jun 8, 2012 - 8:22PM

    Mirza Ghalib said: (Khushi se mar na jaate agar aitbar hota). I died out of joy had I really beleived you..We used to read a story in childhood(shair aya shair aya) Lion comes lion comes. Our politicians tell us everyday these kinds of stories.


  • Nasir Shah
    Jun 9, 2012 - 10:37AM

    How long these folks will fool us. Where is fund coming from? There is no additional revenue identified yet. What is bringing inflation on us because they are taxing us indirectly. Situation in public schools is getting worse but these dirty schemes are just temporary relief. Another dirty trap and political gimmick to prolong their tenure. Jaag Pakistan.


  • zain-ul-abdin
    Jun 10, 2012 - 2:00PM

    that s a good thing if there is no corruption of any kind. i can trust on mian shahbaz sharif that he will try his best to protect this program from corruption.


  • munazza
    Jun 29, 2012 - 8:59AM

    can any one has information how to apply in this programe. And when will start this programe


  • sadia
    Jul 23, 2012 - 7:31PM

    please tell me how to register in this internship program also sent me registration form


  • nimra amjad
    Jul 29, 2012 - 5:51PM

    a good initiative.plz tell me how to register in this internship program


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