Bhubaneswar: With the aim to provide employment opportunities to tribal youths, Orissa Police in association with private companies has undertaken a vocational training programme in the naxal infested pockets of Rayagada  district.

As said by the SP Rayagada, Anoop Krishna, as many as 50 tribal youths have been selected for training. After sucessful completion of the training process they will be permanently employed in the firms.

They will be imparted training on vocational skills, where in they will be provided with a monthly stipend of Rs 4000 rupees along with food and accommodation. On the successful completion of the training, they will be employed permanently in the company with a minimum salary of 8000 rupees and other benefits.

Despite strong initiatives taken by the Centre, the Maoist insurgency has gripped nearly one-third of the country, including Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha, as well as the central state of Chhattisgarh.

This new initiative is likely to reduce the problem of unemployment that has been drifting the local youths towards the Maoist cadres.