He was speaking after inaugurating the Rural Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Centre, which is funded by the State Government, at Shiggaon in Haveri district on Thursday.The Chief Minister said that the State Government, through the Department of Science and Technology, extended
assistance to four such rural BPO centres, including the one at Shiggaon in the first phase. Besides Shiggaon, these centres are functioning at Srirangapatna
(Mandya district), Salegame (Hassan district) and Gundlupet (Chamarajanagar district).Mr. Yeddyurappa said the Government was encouraging setting up of rural BPO centres in order to stop migration of rural youths to larger towns and cities in search of employment. He said rural
BPOs would make rural youths self reliant. The Government would be extending financial assistance of up to Rs. 40 lakh to each of the BPOs for
building infrastructure, training and other expenses. The Chief Minister said that the youths of the State especially those from rural areas were competent. But the only problem with them was that of inadequate communication skills, which would be developed by providing them requisite training.
Mr. Yeddyurappa said on the occasion that steps would be taken to implement e-governance at rural areas by involving the rural youths. Encouraging setting up of more number of industries in the State to create more employment opportunities would be the priority of the Government, he added.
Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar, Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Chairman of Malaprabha Command Area Development Authority Somanna Bevinamarad, Chairman of State SC/ST Commission Nehru Olekar, MLAs Shivaraj Sajjanar and G. Shivanna and others were among those present.The Rural BPO centre at Shiggaon “Dhruti BPO” has become functional and has employed 123 local youths and is providing IT Enabled Services (ITES).