5 lakh jobs for youngsters with the help of an app to hone skills

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah recently launched an app called Kaushalkar, to help the unemployed youth in the state to get jobs. With the launch of Kaushalkar, which is both a website and an app, the government aims to facilitate around five lakh jobs in both private and public sector by 2018. The program would aim at training school dropouts and youngsters from the less privileged background, and impart skill development training to them. People in the age group of 18 to 35 can apply for the skill training in the field of their choice. According to The News Minute, Ashraful Hasan, Director of DDET said, There is no limit to the number or type of vocation provided on this platform. The applicants are free to put whichever skill they choose to be proficient in and we will try our best to help them. If there are too few of them for a particular skill, we will send them to other training camps and maybe even foot the bill if that is possible. The platform is being provided by the newly established Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood (SDEL) department which is a part of Department of Employment and Training (DET). The portal also has a reservation for the disadvantaged section of the population that includes 33 percent for women and 3 percent for the physically challenged among the other reservations. The government also plans to introduce skill development policy. According to The Times of India, Chief Minister said, We will ensure that people get market-oriented skills, especially those required in the industrial and manufacturing sectors. Brand ambassador for the program is actor Puneeth Rajkumar. Currently, the application is available for download on Android smartphones. Once the application process gets over, there will be telephonic interviews to confirm their credentials. The next step would be to provide guidance to find the candidate’s aptitude based on which the training would be given. It will be for a period of 6-12 months depending on the requirement. The training will be totally free of cost and the candidates would also get a monthly stipend of Rs 1,000. Source:yourstory.com

Job surge for people with niche IT skills

NEW DELHI | BENGALURU: People with certain niche tech skills can expect a surge in opportunities at startups, with more than 5,000 jobs likely to be created this year, according to estimates from Nasscom, placement firms, startups and venture capital funds. The demand for data analysts, machine learning/artificial intelligence experts, UX/UI (user experience/user interface) designers, cybersecurity and product development experts is outstripping supply. Salaries for these roles are rising, in some cases by up to 50%. “Building talent pool with critical tech skills is a priority at startups as they are now focused on building scale and value,” said Nasscom senior vice president Sangeeta Gupta. “With over 1,000 startups being created every year, the demand would be about 5,000 to 8,000 (jobs) for techies.” Pay is up as talent is scarce. “This year, the salaries for tech talent at startups would see an upward revision of at least 50%,” Gupta said. However, raises will be limited to product and technology teams at startups, said Rituparna Chakraborty, executive vice president, TeamLease. “Salaries for non-tech/general skills at startups would remain flat,” she said. Those in demand are people with four-six years of work experience with annual salaries of Rs10-20 lakh. Companies are looking at engineering resumes with that sort of experience in the software development space across functions, said Siby Joseph of ManpowerGroup India. Those in demand are people with four-six years of work experience with annual salaries of Rs10-20 lakh. Companies are looking at engineering resumes with that sort of experience in the software development space across functions, said Siby Joseph of ManpowerGroup India. At the top end, say for big data scientists, salaries can exceed Rs 1crore. The trend was confirmed in conversations with executives at half-adozen startups and a few venture capitalists. Startups such as LimeRoad, BankBazaar, MobiKwik, Razorpay, Voonik and InMobi are busy hunting for such workers across all levels while VCs like IvyCap Ventures and White UnicornBSE 0.00 % Ventures are helping their portfolio companies hire such people. Placement firms including ManpowerGroup, Kelly and TeamLease echoed this theme. The demand is also being fuelled by those setting up local hubs. “With global startups like Uber and Grab-Taxi also looking to set up research centres in India, the demand for these skills will only increase,” said portfolio companies,” said Vikram Gupta, founder of IvyCap. White Unicorn expects its tech hiring to double as the year progresses, said principal founder Rohit Chokhani. At LimeRoad, the hunt is on for people with two to four years of experience in core category problem-solving skills and data scientists who can iron out consumer issues. “Technology and data roles would continue to be the key focus across ecommerce as with scale, these investments provide the highest leverage,” said Suchi Mukherjee, CEO of LimeRoad. Over the next year or so, InMobi is looking to hire a minimum of 28 people while Razorpay plans to hire more than 40. “With a strong focus on product development, our tech hires will be spread across roles of product designers, back-end and front-end developers, mobile developers and engineering managers,” said Anuradha Bharat, head of people operations at Razorpay. Mobikwik is looking to hire from product-based organisations that have developed products with mass impact, said HR head Ashish Bansal. Kelly Services India, a recruitment services firm, sees a surge in requirements for Android, front-end and back-end professionals, said managing director Thammaiah BN. The trend may not be too good for lower-end jobs. “With the advent of warehouse management systems, chat bots etc., some of the basic work in startups may see automation and hence a reduction in headcount at those levels,” said Jain of Aon Hewitt. Source:economictimes.indiatimes.com

Can Modi govt create 5 crore jobs by 2020?

Union labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya’s claims of generating 1.25 crore jobs every year inspire little confidence Union minister for labour and employment, Bandaru Dattatreya, said at a press conference this month that the Centre will ensure jobs for 5 crore unemployed people in the country by 2020. This will be achieved via digital solutions and regular job fairs, the minister said. This translates into an average requirement of over 1.25 crore job creation annually between 2017 and 2020. Are such targets feasible? Statistics suggest otherwise. Census data on workers is classified into three categories: main workers, marginal workers and non-workers. Main workers are defined as those who have worked for more than six months in a year, marginal workers are those who have worked for less than six months in a year and non-workers comprise those who are either not looking for jobs or want to work but do not have a job. As is obvious from these definitions, a significant section among marginal workers is likely to be looking for jobs. Total number of persons available for work among marginal workers and non-workers in 2011 census was more than 11 crore. at share of marginal workers in the total population has increased between 2001 and 2011, which underlines the increasing ad-hocism in employment creation in the country. Even the share of those who are looking for jobs among non-workers has increased between the two census rounds. More people are having to rely on short-term employment Less than 30% of population was employed for more than six months in 2011 A Plainfacts column published last year had shown that two out of every five persons above 60 years of age are still working in India. This is likely to further complicate the employment generation challenge in the days to come as a significant number of older cohorts are unlikely to quit their existing jobs and employing fresh entrants to the workforce would require creating new jobs. If one were to take a more short-term view, government’s own statistics show that employment creation in India has suffered in the recent past. The labour bureau, which looks at quarterly statistics of employment generation in eight key sectors of the economy, shows that after witnessing a slight uptick of 0.5% in 2014, employment creation saw a slump of 67% in 2015. In absolute numbers, increase in employment has declined by more than half between 2009 and 2014. The latest report for the second quarter of 2016 by the Labour Bureau, shows that the eight sectors of manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, accommodation & restaurant, IT/ BPO, education and health, added merely 77,000 jobs in the April to June period. However, this should be viewed with caution as data collection on employment in India is ad-hoc and patchy. Employment generation has remained poor in the last two years Another evidence of poor employment generation can be seen from government figures on job creation under various government schemes. Barring the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, employment creation under programmes such as Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme, Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay Gramin Kaushalya Vikas Yojna etc. are very low. Two major government schemes have created just over 11 lakh jobs under NDA regime To be sure, these numbers would not capture employment numbers in India’s vast informal sector. However, it is also true that demonetisation has adversely affected India’s non-farm employment in both rural and urban areas. Given these realities, it is imperative that the government focuses on reviving job creating private investment rather than make tall claims, which do not stand up to scrutiny. Source:livemint.com

“State cannot provide jobs to all unemployed youth”

Strive hard to become entrepreneurs and job providers: Collector The State government cannot provide jobs to all unemployed youth who have registered with the employment offices. They should equip themselves to face tough competition and to become employed or strive hard to become entrepreneurs and job providers, said Collector N. Venkatachalam. Inaugurating a career guidance programme held here on Friday, he said that 82 lakh persons in the State had registered their names with the employment office of which 1.5 lakh were from the district. In the present scenario, it would not be possible for the government to provide jobs to all those who had registered their names with the employment office. The State government has been conducting training sessions to help candidates prepare for various competitive exams including bank exams, teacher recruitment and central government exams. Candidates would be tutored and trained on how to prepare for exams and face interviews. Shortcuts to solve problems in these exams quickly would also be given, he added. Meanwhile, technical and management experts had also been guiding youngsters on how to become entrepreneurs. Management tips were being given and they were briefed about opportunities and potential business areas through the career guidance programmes and entrepreneur skill development training programmes. The government had also been offering loan ranging from ₹5 lakh to ₹1 crore to unemployed youth under NEEDS scheme for establishing small and medium enterprises. Youths should utilise the opportunities and take part in career guidance programme training to come up in their lives, he pointed out. Source:thehindu.com

Accenture to create 15,000 jobs in US

Accenture Plc said on Friday it would create 15,000 "highly skilled" new jobs in the United States, as IT services firms brace for a more protectionist U.S. technology visa program under President Donald Trump. The company, which is domiciled in Dublin, Ireland, said the new jobs would increase the company's U.S. workforce by 30 percent to more than 65,000 by the end of 2020. Accenture has more than 394,000 employees, of which about 140,000 are in India. IT services companies have come under the spotlight after Trump said that his administration would focus on creating more jobs for U.S. workers, who had been affected by the outsourcing of jobs abroad. Major IT service companies, particularly those based in India, fly engineers to the United States using H-1B visas to service clients, but some opponents argue they are misusing the visa program to replace U.S. jobs. India's software services industry is also concerned about a bill introduced in the U.S. Congress seeking to double the salary paid to H-1B visa holders which would dramatically increase the costs for the companies employing them. Accenture said on Friday it would invest $1.4 billion to train its employees and would open 10 innovation centers in some U.S. cities. The company's U.S. business accounted for 46 percent of its total revenue for the year ended Aug. 31. Source:economictimes.indiatimes.com

Budget may focus on skilling youth, creating jobs

With "jobless growth" being a persistent feature of official statistics over the past decade, the Union Budget is being keenly watched for measures to spur employment and skilling, particularly in the context of increasing urbanisation. The Budget+ is expected to tackle this area of concern that the Modi government has inherited from the UPA and which was highlighted by Congress in its critique of the economy released by former PM Manmohan Singh and former finance minister P Chidambaram. The government has been engaged with the issue of creating more quality jobs and this has been an important part of Niti Aayog's task and the Budget is expected to reflect initiatives to improve opportunities for the youth. BJP sources said the absorption of graduates and school finishers in the workforce was a major political concern as a large section of those in the employable age did not have adequate skills. Going by the Modi government's stated reluctance to hand out doles, the focus could be on creating facilities for training and encouraging growth in sectors that are expected to boost employment. The President's address to Parliament+ on Tuesday noted that the government had been working to create new avenues and make technical education more accessible to students, particularly those from economically weaker sections. ITI trainees have been provided academic equivalence of matriculation and higher secondary level through bridge courses, and initiatives like online learning offering a path to a degree are steps in the same direction. The government is looking to address a scenario where increasing urbanisation is forcing rural workforce to look for employment outside the agriculture sector. Also, there was a long felt need to reduce the percentage of the workforce dependent on a sector that contributed between 15-17% of the GDP. The increasing 'rurban' areas represent a challenge as they are regions in transition where the traditional economy is changing. The aspirations of the younger segment of the population, whether rural or urban, are also geared to the modern economy. The skilling objective was mentioned by the President in his references to the "har haath ko hunar" motto as he noted that an umbrella ministry was not coordinating these efforts. The PM Kaushal Vikas Yojana aims to train over one crore youth in the next four years. Source:timesofindia.indiatimes.com

BJP promises 100 % jobs

The BJP in Goa on Sunday released its manifesto for the Assembly elections promising to make the State “unemployment-free in the next five years” if it came to power again. The manifesto released by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, in the presence of Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, BJP Goa unit president Vinay Tendulkar, and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said, “For this, we propose to make Goa investor-friendly in industry, IT, tourism and agro-based sectors.” Lauding the BJP government for its huge infrastructure generation and tourism promotion with the support from a supportive BJP government at the Centre, Mr. Fadnavis urged the people of Goa to give a fresh mandate to the BJP without the need for it to depend on allies, who he said deserted the government at the last minute. His reference was to the MGP regional outfit which left the BJP-led alliance government to fight election with Shiv Sena and rebel RSS promoted Goa Suraksha Manch. The BJP manifesto inexplicably remains silent on the ousting of casions from river Mandovi, a promise which the BJP government faced flak for last five years for not doing despite promising ahead of 2012 assembly polls. Addressing a press conference after releasing the manifesto, Chief Minister Parsekar reiterated that employment remains a priority area to ensure that Goan youth are gainfully employed. “To achieve this objective, we propose to make Goa investor-friendly in industry, information technology, tourism and agro-based sectors to make State unemployment-free,” said Mr. Parsekar. The manifesto said non-polluting and employment generating industries such as pharmaceuticals, manufacturing of electronic goods and IT sector would be promoted. On tourism front BJP promised to ensure a clean, green and garbage-free Goa. Departing from the beach tourism product, the manifesto said the government would encourage different types of tourism with focus on eco, event, medical, heritage, religious, adventure and village tourism. ''Tourism sector will be given industry status and benefits. Facilities such as changing rooms and toilets will be provided at all tourist locations. All tourist locations will be well illuminated and have CCTV surveillance,'' it said focussing on tourist security and safety. The party also assured to make Goa as preferred destination for mega events such as Defence Expo during non-peak season. On infrastructure side, the BJP has promised to complete projects which are in progress and develop a world class convention and exhibition centre to attract national or international events. On transportation front, the party has promised to have comprehensive mobility plan which includes special emphasis on intra-city bus transport, parking lots at bus stands and availability of self driven two and four wheelers on hire, inter-city mass rapid transport system with late hour transport facility and waterways and river navigation. Linking of social welfare schemes to inflation index, reviewing of Chief Minister Rozgar Yojna and regulation of traditional occupations were among other promises in the manifesto. Source:thehindu.com

Barne demands civic jobs for Pavana farmers

Pimpri Chinchwad: Shiv Sena's Member of Parliament from Maval Shrirang Barne has demanded that Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation provide jobs to farmers or their dependents affected by the Pavana dam under the five per cent quota reserved for the project affected people (PAP), as per the state government norms. Barne met municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare along with a delegation of Pavana farmers. He also demanded that the civic body allot shops to farmers for self-employment. A senior civic official said while the state government policy is reserved for PAPs from all over the state, the Pavana dam affected people want this entire quota to be allotted to PCMC for them. A resolution will have to be approved by the general body and the state government. Pavana dam was built in the 1960s by acquiring land of various villages in Maval taluka and inaugurated in 1970. President of Pavana Dharangrasta Parishad Ravikant Rasal said, "The dam was built 40 years ago, yet around 1,200 affected farmers have not been rehabilitated."

Apple Opens New Hyderabad Facility, To Create 4,000 Jobs

Hyderabad: Apple Inc on Thursday announced the opening of a new office here that will focus on development of Maps for its products including iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch. The Californian tech giant in a statement said this investment will accelerate Maps development and create up to 4,000 jobs. The company, however, did not disclose the quantum of investment that it intends to invest on the facility. "We are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development," Apple CEO Tim Cook said. "The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations," he said. Apple has been continually updating and adding new features to Maps including 3D views, the Flyover and tools to help customers find convenient places to shop, eat and explore nearby areas, the statement said. With iOS 9 Apple added Transit, offering a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, which is already available for more than 300 cities around the world. The new facility, located on the Waverock campus, will provide a world-class, LEED-certified home for the expanding Maps team, it added. Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao said the state is honoured that Apple chose Hyderabad as a home for its Maps development office. "This will create thousands of jobs here and is a testament to our proactive approach, quality infrastructure and the excellent talent base we have in the region," he said. CEO of RMSI Anup Jindal said, "Apple is one of the most innovative companies in the world. We are very proud they chose us to partner with for this important project." RMSI is a global IT services company providing GIS, modeling and analytics and software services. "We are experts in geospatial data and we will be hiring thousands of people from the local area to support this effort," Mr Jindal said. Apple supports over 6,40,000 iOS app developer jobs and other positions related to the iOS ecosystem across India, the statement noted.

Job growth at a snail

There will be no demographic dividend without growth in industrial and service sector jobs. The underlying logic behind a dividend is that as jobs grow, incomes rise and so do savings. Based on higher savings, the investment rate to GDP grows, resulting in faster GDP growth. This was the reason behind the phenomenal growth in savings to GDP from 24 per cent in 2002-2003 to 38 per cent in 2007-2008 and investment from 25 per cent to 39 per cent of GDP. Economic growth is meaningful only as long as it creates new non-agricultural jobs. Job growth leads to an increase in consumer demand which has the effect of sustaining GDP growth and reducing volatility in the output growth rate. So, how many jobs need to be created every year? Between 1999-2000 and 2004-2005, around 12 million people were joining the labour force every year. This has the resulted in the myth that since 2005, 12 million people have been joining the labour force annually. The fact is that only about 7 million have been added to the labour force annually since 2005. This is due to a declining population growth rate and rising educational levels. Contrary to what the media believes, the period from 1999 to 2004 was very unusual in India

10 jobs that will make you happy and rich

Most people believe "a happy career" and "a fat paycheck" are mutually exclusive, but online jobs community CareerBliss.com has found that these two things sometimes do go hand in hand. CareerBliss compiled its new list of jobs that can make you happy and rich by analyzing more than 25,000 independent company reviews between January 2015 and April 2016. The reviews are from employees all over the US who evaluated 10 factors that affect work happiness on a five-point scale: one's relationship with their boss, relationship with coworkers, workplace environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and job control over the work performed on a daily basis. CareerBliss combined those numbers to find an average rating of overall happiness for each respondent, and sorted the results by job title and salary to determine which jobs pay well and make professionals the happiest. The No. 1 job on the list is chief marketing officer (CMO). People in this position gave the profession a "bliss score" of 4.06 out of 5. The average annual pay for these professionals is $171,000 a year, which is more than triple the national average salary of $48,320. Here are the happiest high-paying jobs in 2016:

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SIDDHARTH: Two years of a government following a historic mandate. Several things that have happened in these two years. Before we come to discussing some of the specifics of you own remit, I just want to get a sense from you when the Modi government took over two years back, India

Social sector jobs in demand, gives IT sector a run for its money

Armed with a computer science engineering degree, Kartik Kwatra could have landed a swanky job in the IT sector. Instead, he now works with a nonprofit in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh, one of India's most drought-prone districts. A job in the social sector may not have the charm of the IT sector. However, if placement trends at the Azim Premji University ( apu ) are any indication, it could give IT a run for its money . Kwatra, for example, was hired on campus by Timbaktu Collective , a sustainable development nonprofit, to analyse agricultural data. "It was a calculated risk,"the 26-year-old said. "I couldn't imagine myself sitting in front of a computer and programming ten years down the line." As of April-end, 90% of students from MA Development and MA Education,the university's flagship courses,received 207 offers made by 57 organisations, a majority of whom are not-for-profit ones. So far, 187 organisations have hired from APU's campus, offering roles such as field intervention, program management, policy-related work, teaching capacity building and legal work. The average salary is about '30,000 per month, which is comparable with the average salary a fresh graduate from an engineering college can expect'. "The social sector today offers an enormous number of exciting opportunities for young people to build meaningful careers," says Manoj P , the APU's head of operations.Often, these roles are more challenging, given the range and scale of issues they would deal with and the personal satisfaction one can derive." For students like Vikash Madduri, 31, the shift from IT to the social sector is a welcome change. "For me, it was personal motivation. I worked for three years at L&T and then two year at TCS. Since my interest was e-governance, I wanted to mix this with my IT backg round." Madduri now works as consultant with the National Institute for Smart Governance in Hyderabad. According to Manoj, students with work experience get 20-25% higher salaries than freshers in the social sector. Sociologist Chandan Gowda , a faculty member at the university , believes the social sector is evolving. "There is a demand for professionals because the sector itself is becoming professionalised.However, it is a bit early to say that the social sector has emerged as a clear career destination," he said

Goa Forward promises 80% jobs for locals

Newly-formed Goa Forward Party in its first-ever youth convention has promised 80 per cent job reservations to locals in the private sector if voted to power in the 2017 Goa Assembly polls. "Goa Forward's prime agenda will be implementation of the policy of eighty per cent job reservation to Goans in private sector and cent per cent in public sector. This provision will be strictly implemented by forming watch-dog committees of youth," Goa Forward President Prabhakar Timblo told PTI after the convention yesterday. In a slew of announcements to attract youths, the regional party has promised that education of international standards from primary to university would be accorded top most priority. "The access to educational institutions of quality is the only way to empower youth in the modern age of technology and competition. Goa Forward will ensure that adequate funds are allocated to education at all levels for upgrading and consistent development of infrastructure, curriculum and human resources in education," Timblo said. Goa will be developed as the "knowledge" hub with quality institutions in Research, Design, Science, Films, Information Technology and other sunrise areas, the party has said. Goa Forward has said it will have an all out war against the drugs menace in the state. In another announcement, the party said that taking in account the small and compact geographical size of Goa, the state will be equipped with free wi-fi facility across the talukas.

Govt jobs getting attractive, careers in research fruitful

Times have changed and it is great to see that students have now started thinking beyond engineering and medicine as a career. Students are also choosing academic jobs over lucrative careers. In my opinion, aiming for a government job is also very fruitful. The salaries are not so bad and the best part is that we don't have to chase deadlines. The job profile never ages and there is a lot to do with a job in a government organization. Opportunities after a postdoctoral course are also umpteen and students can aim at taking up this degree for a career in research and academics. I can vouch for the fact that a doctorate in astronomy would prove extremely fruitful. Mine is a government job but since I pursue what I like it is almost as if I am not working. I do it for my own satisfaction and I also have the freedom to set new goals and work towards them. My mind is always working and I am always thinking about what I can do today? For a career in astronomy, ideally a student could do a BSc, followed by MSc and a PhD, or an engineering degree, followed by PhD. The basic requirement is to spend five years at college pursuing either an engineering course or a post graduate science course and later appear for PhD entrance in a topic of your choice. Now students may wonder what branch of engineering should they choose if they want to pursue a career in astronomy? I would suggest any branch would do. Also, personally, I would advise an engineering degree over BSc and MSc because if students do not end up taking astronomy after BSc, then they would have little choices available. However, for an engineer there could be many options if s/he does not make it in the field of astronomy. However, there have been great examples of scientists, namely Hamsa Padmanabhan and Niranjan Sambhus, at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune who pursued BSc and MSc. I also believe that dedication towards achievements is necessary. Many students come to me with an interest in astronomy, but I feel that it is not enough. For research and post doctoral work, I think a student'w involvement is equally important.

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New job opportunities in pharmacy, architecture attracting Pune students

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Haryana To Offer 10k Jobs To Youth Yearly

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Odisha to create 4 lakh jobs

Bhubaneswar, May 30 (IANS) The Odisha government has set an ambitious target of creating employment opportunities for four lakh youth by setting up 1.5 lakh small industries by 2018-19, officials said on Monday. Reviewing the performance of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) department, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed it to take necessary steps to meet the target by 2018-19. The state government has facilitated employment opportunities for 1.75 lakh youth by setting up more than 50,000 small industries in 2015-16, said an official. MSME Minister Jogendra Behera said the department would set up 36,000 MSMEs in 2016-17. The minister said incubation centres would come up in each district while assistance would be provided to the entrepreneurs through Biju Atma Nijukti Yojana. Besides, the meeting also discussed to expedite the process for setting up other food parks and Imported Wood Based Cluster at Paradip. The food park being set up at Rayagada would start functioning by December this year, said Behera. The proposed wood based cluster is expected to provide alternative to wood working industries, besides meeting the wood requirement of people without disturbing the natural forests. Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (IDCO) will provide 100 acres of land to set up the project while wood would be imported by Paradip port authorities. The revised draft report of entrepreneurship development policy has already been prepared and it is awaiting approval of the finance department, said an official.