Mission, vision, objectives, citizen charter

Unemployment of educated youth is one of the main concerns in J&K, like in many other UTs of the country. Our J&K UT, is geographically and economically disadvantaged due to its remote location, inhospitable hilly terrain and poor connectivity to many of its parts. The problem of unemployment has aggravated over the years owing to a number of reasons as the pace of work opportunity could not cope up with the growth of population and because of surging unemployment amongst the educated youth both in urban and rural areas. The growth of job opportunities have been inadequate and do not keep pace with the growth in the workforce. Primarily, because of it disadvantaged geographical location, our J&K has not been able to keep pace in industrial development with other UTs in the country. Because of obvious reasons, the corporate sector has not been showing interest to establish, heavy and big industries in the UT. The UT’s limited resources do not allow large scale job opportunities in the public sector. Thus with the ever increasing unemployment year after year, the situation is taking a grim position.

In such a scenario, the role of the Employment Department becomes all the more important.

The Government is making all possible efforts in providing gainful employment to the unemployed youth of the J&K, but it may not be possible for the Government to provide government jobs to all the educated unemployed. Under these circumstances, possibilities have to be explored for absorbing the youth by way of creating job opportunities in other areas also.


The Employment Department, J&K has been making efforts to create opportunities of Employment for the unemployed youth through various schemes, besides, creating awareness among the youth through Career Counselling and holding of job awareness programmes.

The  major  functions  assigned  to  the  Department at present are as under:

  1. Implementation of Self Help Group of Engineers Scheme.
  2. Registration of unemployed
  3. Career Counseling &
  4. Job awareness

Awareness of PM-SYM

Organisational /Functional setup and directory



Constitutional, legal and administrative frameworks

The Department presently works in accordance to the norms/rules framed by the Ministry of Labour and Employment (GOI) from time to time.

Plans, programmes, schemes and projects

The various Schemes and programmes implemented through the office are as under.

  1. Career Counselling & Guidance: The positions of Career Counseling Officers have been created in every District Employment & Counseling Center for providing counseling/guidance to the educated unemployed youth who visit these centres for seeking employment assistance and guidance for various competitive examinations being held by the State and Central Governments, as also about the Self Employment Schemes of the Government. These Career Counselling Officers regularly visit various educational institutions, ITIs, Polytechnics etc. in their respective districts for providing career counseling / guidance to the students and help them to choose a meaningful career in absence of knowledge about available career options in the state/country. The Department has also been providing reading room facility along-with study material for the competitive examinations being held within and outside the State in some District Employment & Counselling Centres of the State to facilitate the aspiring students/ youth.
  2. Registration of Unemployed Youth: The registration of         unemployed educated/un-educated youth for seeking employment assistance under various Self Employment Schemes of the Government is one of the major jobs assigned to the Department of Employment. The unemployed youth register themselves online with the concerned District Employment & Counselling Centres on the state portal viz As on ending September, 2020, the number of youth registered with the Employment Department is 87683. However, this number could be much higher, as the process of registration with the Employment Department is voluntary and not mandatory.
  3. PM-SYM: It is a voluntary and contributory pension scheme, under which the subscriber would receive the following benefits:
    1. Minimum Assured Pension: Each subscriber under the PM-SYM, shall receive minimum assured pension of Rs 3000/- per month after attaining the age of 60
    2. Family Pension: During the receipt of pension, if the subscriber dies, the spouse of the beneficiary shall be entitled to receive 50% of the pension received by the beneficiary as family pension. Family pension is applicable only to spouse.
    3. If a beneficiary has given regular contribution and died due to any cause (before age of 60 years), his/her spouse will be entitled to join and continue the scheme subsequently by payment of regular contribution or exit the scheme as per provisions of exit and Matching contribution by the Central Government. For more information kindly visit

D.National Pension Scheme for Traders & Self Employed Persons (NPS-Traders): The scheme is meant for old age protection and social security of retail traders/ shopkeepers and self-employed persons whose annual turnover is not exceeding 1.5 crore. These retail traders/ shopkeepers and self-employed persons are mostly working as shop owners, retail traders, rice mill owners, oil mill owners, workshop owners, commission agents, brokers of real estate, owners of small hotels, restaurants and other Laghu Vyaparis.

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E. Self Help Group (SHG) of Engineers Scheme: This scheme was launched in the year 2003, with an objective to organize unemployed engineers of the state into groups to self-employ them by providing them gainful sources of livelihood in the shape of work contracts in the Works/Development Departments as an alternative to Government jobs, as also to create/ promote group culture among them for their socio-economic empowerment to generate employment opportunities for others as The spirit behind the scheme is to create an atmosphere of handholding, accommodation, and encouragement. The scheme is applicable to unemployed engineers of the state in the age group of 21 to 45 years. Both degree and diploma holder engineers are eligible to form groups under the scheme. The number of members in a group can be from 4 to 10. The groups are required to register themselves with the concerned District Employment & Counselling Centres and thereafter need to revalidate their registration as per the procedure prescribed in the guidelines governing the scheme. The detailed guidelines of the scheme have been notified vide Government Order No. 14-L&E of 2017 dated 20.02.2017, which has been issued in pursuance of Cabinet Decision No. 26/02/2017 dated 13.02.2017. These guidelines have been amended from time to time as per the relevant requirements. The updated guidelines with all the amendments are available on the website of the Employment Department.

F. JK Self Employment Scheme (JKSES) (on hold): The “Jammu and Kashmir State Self Employment Scheme” being implemented by Employment Department provides margin money, capital, and interest subsidy assistance to the educated unemployed youth of the State for establishing their own employment generating units since 1995-96. The Department in coordination with various defense agencies like Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, and JAKLI have been holding recruitment rallies at frequent intervals since 1998 for enrollment of educated youth of the State.

G. JK Voluntary Service Allowances (JKVSA) (on hold): The State Government is providing, by way of financial support, a monthly Voluntary Service Allowance (VSA) to all unemployed educated youth having educational qualification of matriculation and above for the next three years; commencing the financial year 2010-11. The VSA will, on the one hand, ensure hand holding support from the government to the educated unemployed youth till such time as they are either able to build the requisite capacities for starting self-employment ventures or get employed in the government/ private sector. On the other hand, the VSA will serve as a viable mechanism for inculcating in the young men and women of the state a sense of voluntary and community service for large public

H. Collection of Employment Market Information: The EMI reports which are prepared yearly on the basis of the information collected from the public/private sector establishments/undertakings on quarterly basis is one of the major functions of this Department as stipulated in the National Employment Service (NES) manual issued by the Directorate General of Employment and Trainings, New Delhi. The said report after compilation, is sent to the said organization which subsequently prepares the report at all India level for purpose of future manpower planning of the Country.


Services offered

This office offers the following services:

  • Online Registration of Unemployed
  • Pradhaan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Yojna (PM-SYM)
  • National Pension Scheme for Traders and Self Employed Persons (NPS-Traders)

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