Punjab government’s ambitious employment scheme ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’ (job for every household) appears to be losing out sheen as the response from prospective employers is not so encouraging so far.

Till date, just 170 employers have enrolled with the Punjab government’s dedicated web portal for the scheme. Sources said the Punjab government has made mandatory Goods and Service Tax (GST) number and Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number (TAN) for the employers to get themselves registered at the official web portal of the scheme which is apparently making themselves hesitant to go for it.

“The employers are not coming forward quickly so far as they do not want to share GST and TAN details. We have made it mandatory to ensure the genuine employers’ registrations. The details of GST and TAN can ensure about the authentic registration.

Till date the number of registrations are not encouraging, but in future we are hoping a good response. We have been conducting meetings with various companies to make them aware,” said a top bureaucrat, requesting anonymity.

Till recently, the state government’s Punjab Skill Development Mission (PSDM) has conducted a skill gap survey in all 22 districts finding around 3,000 immediate jobs in almost 500 units. As per the available information, 91 youths have been registered with the department.

As per the available information, till date 91 youngsters seeking employment assistance have been registered with the department. Also, 71 numbers of assistance seekers have been provided the career or vocational counseling. Till date, 65 numbers of assistance seekers have been placed with various industries or units.

The Punjab government has decided to organise its second state level job fair from 20 February to 10 March across the state. Also, help desks at the government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and Polytechnic Colleges to provide help for applying online for the job fair.

In order to meet its pre-poll promise ‘Ghar Ghar Rozgar’, the Punjab government in its maiden budget has claimed to generate three Lakh jobs during in next five years. For this purpose, the government has approved a budget of Rs 91 Crore for the development of Employment Generation and Training programme.