Setting up the agenda for ushering in an era of skill revolution in the country, Punjab chief minister and chairman of sub-group on skill development, Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday emphasised the need to evolve a common framework at the national level with an ultimate goal to employability and livelihood opportunities under the skill development mission.
Delivering his keynote address during the first meeting of sub-group of the chief ministers on skill development at the Niti Aayog in Delhi, the chief minister said that to achieve this objective a massive campaign with missionary zeal was required to meet the challenge of skill development. Thus, every state had to focus on specific sectors, which had potential for employment, and above all, skill training would have to be integrated with placement and employment, he added.
The chief minister said that according to estimates, the country needed to provide skill training to 109 million new entrants to the job market and around 460 million people were to be reskilled and upskilled up to 2020. He said that for realising the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India an economic superpower, the government must impart skill training to each and every youth.
Punjab to provide treatment to workers at doorstep
The Punjab government on Saturday initiated a venture for preventive and curative health care of workers to provide onsite examination and treatment of workers.
The Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Board (BOCW) has formulated a scheme for the regular medical examination of registered construction workers and their families on the construction sites.
Announcing this, an official spokesperson said the scheme had been christened as 'Mobile Lab Scheme'. Under this scheme, a team comprising medical experts would visit the construction sites and medically examine not only the workers but also their families.