Govt set to launch Rs30bn internship, laptop schemes.

ISLAMABAD -- As the election year has started, the federal government is set to launch three major initiatives with an estimated cost of about Rs30 billion to win over more than 150,000 families through two internship programmes and a laptop scheme.

Under the initiatives, about 50,000 engineers and educated youth would be provided internships in the public and private sectors for up to one year.

This included 20,000 to 30,000 internships in the public sector development projects with an estimated cost of Rs9.6bn and 30,000 interns in the private industrial sector at the cost of Rs9bn - both through the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).

In addition, about 100,000 youth would be provided free laptops at the cost of Rs10bn. These projects are in addition to the Rs87bn already approved by the government for development schemes in the constituencies of 174 MNAs supporting the prime minister.

The first project - the National Development Internship Programme (NDIP) - was formally approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Wednesday but continued to go through major changes in the Planning Commission.

Over 50,000 youth to be provided one-year internships in public, private sectors

Informed sources said that an Ecnec meeting, presided over by the finance minister, on Wednesday approved the NDIP to induct about 20,000 youth as interns at the rate of Rs25,000 per month for one year in the development projects at a total cost of about Rs6bn.

Speaking at a function, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said that 20,000 engineers and technically qualified youth would be hired for each project and they would be paid Rs40,000 per month for one year. That would put the project's annual cost at Rs9.6bn.

With the Ecnec approval in hand, the government is not set to formally launch the process of hiring 20,000 interns in new and ongoing development schemes during the current fiscal year (2022-23).

Under the NDIP, the development scheme costing over Rs50 million will be eligible for the award of internships.


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