The NDA government will spend Rs 380 core to give a facelift to 100 employment exchanges and transform them as national career counselling centres this year, said Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya. “Employment exchanges will no longer be functioning as mere employment exchange centres. There are 980 exchanges in the country, out of which 100 will be modernised in the first phase with Rs 380 crore investment this year,” said the Minister of State for Labour and Employment.

Dattatreya, speaking on the sidelines of a programme organised by a bank, said there are four crore people registered with various employment across all the exchanges. These modern centres will have the database of employment seekers as well as job providers. “We have asked all the state governments to give us the proposals. We are giving three centres each to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh,” Dattatreya said.

In June this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the NCS portal as part of the Centre’s endeavour to modernise all government-run employment exchanges. The NCS portal, set up under the National Career Service project, will function as hand-holding agencies for job-seekers.

With a network of career counsellors, the portal will help job-seekers and provide a variety of other services on the NCS portal such as information on skill development courses, apprenticeship and internship among others. According to the minister, the NCS has a base of over two crore job-seekers and nine lakh job providers.

About Employment Exchange

Employment Exchange is an organisation that provides employment assistance on the basis of qualification and experience. The Departments of Employment in various States of India allow unemployed educated youth residing in the respective States to pre-register for impending job vacancies occurring in different sectors of that State. The registered job seekers, in many States, can also check their status on the job waiting-list online. They also allow job seekers to search for suitable jobs and to update their resume.

Employers can post their vacancies with these exchanges and choose from among the registered candidates as per their requirements. Unemployed persons as well as currently employed persons looking for more suitable jobs can register with the Employment Exchanges operating in their States to avail of job opportunities.

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