Odisha govt signs MoA for providing livelihoods to youths in cities, towns

Bhubaneswar: The Housing and Urban Development Department, Government of Odisha today signed a Memorandum of Association (MoA) with Pune-based Lighthouse Communities Foundation (LCF) for providing sustainable livelihoods to youths in cities and towns of the state.

This partnership program has been approved by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while the MoA was signed in the presence of Pratap Jena, Housing and Urban Development Minister.

The partnership marks the beginning of a new phase in JAGA Mission, focussed on providing skills and livelihood opportunities to youths in urban Odisha, particularly among urban poor communities. The earlier two phases of JAGA Mission were focused on granting land rights, providing financial assistance for housing and upgrading basic infrastructure and amenities in slum communities.

Under the three year MoA signed, skill and livelihood centres will be established in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Berhampur, Dhenkanal, Paradip and Jatni. These skill centres will provide training for urban poor youths in soft skills and technical skills, and facilitate placement services for the youths.

The centres are also expected to cover micro-entrepreneurship focussed skilling This program is expected to be implemented in all other towns in phased manner.

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