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Gov't to provide employment to 20,000

Funds provided by the Labour Ministry will enable local governments to employ over 20,000 people between November and May next year, providing them with a daily 6 hours of public work and a steady income, the ministry's web-page said. The ministry has allocated a budget of over Ft 4.5 bln (€ 18 mln) for the programme to create a wide variety of temporary jobs, ranging from home-care activities to renovation of public buildings and cleaning roads. Local governments can submit their applications for grants before October 17.