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History of Labour, Employment & Training

Lakshadweep is an archipelago of 36 coral islands, having a total area of 32 Sq.Km. There are 11 inhabited islands. The area varies from 0.1 Sq.Km to 4.84 Sq.Km. of inhabited islands & population from 267 to 10727 as per 2001 census respectively. Total population on of Lakshadweep is 60650 as per 2001 censes. Lakshadweep is located west of Malabar Coast and separated from mainland by a vast Arabian Sea. The distance of island varies from mainland 220 Km. to 400 Km.

Lakshadweep is the smallest U.T. of India having one among the highest population density and 3rd highest in Literacy Rate after Kerala & Mizoram. Total registered persons with Employment Exchange as on 30-09-2014 - 19257 people are registered here as per the records available in the Live Register of the Employment & Training. Most of them are educated. The smallness and geographical isolation of the islands prevents the starting of major public/private undertakings here as is shortage of inputs also. Hence most of the unemployed look for white-collar jobs under the Administration. The District Employment Exchange was started on 23-04-1969 headed by an Assistant Employment Officer with a nucleus clerical staff.

As strength of the registrants increased the post of Assistant Employment Officer was upgraded to District Employment Officer assisted by two Junior Employment Officers, one Statistical Assistant, and a few clerical staff. As the chance to accommodate all the unemployed in the island itself is bleak, focus is given in encouraging them to compete for jobs outside the territory.

With this intention the following programmes are implemented here:

a) Financial Assistance to trainees under the apprenticeship programme
b) Imparting Typewriting cum Computer skills (Now under Village (Dweep) Panchayats
c) Incentive aids to local ST candidates for attending test/interview at mainland/island (Now under Village (Dweep) Panchayats.
d) Pre-recruitment training to the local ST candidate (Now under Village (Dweep) Panchayats.
e) Running of Industrial Training Institutes.