Said Rasool Betani

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has not introduced any internship programme for the youth three months after forming its second consecutive government which has created disappointment among the youth.

The provincial government on 3 July had announced to provide paid internship opportunities for 5,000 fresh graduates of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including the tribal district, in various development projects. About 45,000 fresh male and female graduates have got themselves registered for the programme.

A provincial government official told TNN on condition of anonymity that the programme was announced for the youth of KP for providing them professional experience and remuneration to help them find permanent jobs, but now the government is finding it difficult to practically initiate he programme. He said announcement of a scheme is an easy task, but the real challenge comes when it is being implemented.

The official said the government announced the programme without proper homework that is why no progress has been witnessed so far.

Shaukat Swati, an M.Phil student at the Pashto Academy of the University of Peshawar, said while talking to TNN that the provincial government has not taken any major step for the youth. He said the province was affected due to terrorism and its youth deserve opportunities and government help to get higher education. He said the youth indulge in negative activities when they did not get education and job opportunities.

Islam Gul, a tribal journalist, said that in that past some youth in the backward areas fell into wrong hands due to lack of opportunities. He said the government should take steps to implement internship and other employment schemes for the youth to enable them to support their families and work for a better future.

An official of Planning and Development Department at the Civil Secretariat said wishing anonymity that letters have been sent to the heads of development projects in the province to implement the paid internship policy. However, he said some heads of projects have responded positively, while others have not responded over the letters. He said the government is making efforts for early implementation of the policy.