Centrally sponsored scheme Himayat transforms life of 23 Year old Iqra of Baramulla

23-year-old Iqra Rasool took over the responsibilities of her family after ‘Himayat’ scheme of Jammu Kashmir State Rural Livelihood Mission provided her platform

Sadaf Aijaz

SRINAGAR, Dec 2: 23-year-old Iqra Rasool took over responsibilities of her family after centrally sponsored ‘Himayat’  scheme of Jammu Kashmir State Rural Livelihood Mission provided her platform.

The fate of 23- year old Iqra Rasool of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district changed when JKSRLM provided her with a platform to earn livelihood for  her family as earlier she used to wonder for a job and was not able to find anything.

Iqra, while narrating ordeal of her miseries before the adaptation of this scheme said that “we are five members in our family and my father is unemployed and could hardly find any work .it was very difficult for my father to earn a livelihood for our family due to the pathetic condition.

“I was having a dream to continue my studies but at the age I could have achieved that platform me and my family was going through poor conditions my father got paralyzed and whole responsibility came over my shoulders and ultimately affected my education because most of the time I was spending in serving my father and thus resulting in failure in 12th standard,” Iqra said.

While recounting her struggle, Iqra further said that “In September 2014 I was wandering here and there to get a job but couldn’t get a job any, but one day Himayat team came to our area for mobilization and made me understand about the projects of Himayat and after understanding this scheme I decided to get enrolled there.”

She further added, “My main priority was just to get a job as my family condition was worsening day by day. I decided to join the three months training course in healthcare domain at Kanispora. Soon after the completion of my course, I found various job opportunities.” Iqra said that apart from medical education, we were taught different subjects including interview and communication skills.

While praising Himayat Iqra said “since the day I joined Himayat my life saw a drastic change as I was a drop-out student and was in need of money, we have no home to live but after joining Himayat my dreams come true, adding that “at present I am working as Pharma Assistant at St. Joseph’s hospital on a monthly salary of RS 6000, and have bought a land of 6 marlas to build a home, she added.

“Its Himayat who gave flight to my wings, Himayat came to me like a ray of hope and gave me not only a job but hope and happiness”, she said While as Senior Project Manager, Himayat Adil Ashraf Tanki, said that Himayat scheme was launched by the centre in 2011 to reach out the youth.

Under the scheme, Kashmiri youngsters are provided with professional training and given jobs in different parts of the country, the skill-training has been imparted for sectors like retail and hospitality, he added. He further said, “The eligibility to opt for such courses is 10th standard and so far as many as 74326  no of students have been trained while 56829 have got placements and 158 students are under training “.

Under this scheme the aspirants are trained for 3-6 or 9 months depending upon the courses they have opted for and the funding is provided by JKSRLM in collaboration with companies like Surya skills, Manpower and Apollo, ILnFS and DBtech He added.