Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal will draw the broad contours of ‘Skill India’, the core policy initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), “with the approval of the Prime Minister”, has reconstituted the sub-group of chief ministers on skill development and made Badal its convener. This sub-group headed by Badal will have the CMs of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Odisha, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Tripura as its members. This sub-group has been tasked to submit a report on skill development by June 24, within three months of this panel being notified.
Skill development is one the dream projects of Modi, who has advocated changing the country’s image from ‘scam India’ to ‘skilled India’.
Government sources said the first meeting of this sub-group would be held on April 22 in Delhi. It will be assisted by the CEO (chief executive officer) of the Aayog and its two advisers on labour and employment, and rural development.
As per the terms of reference chalked out by the Aayog, the panel will suggest measures to strengthen the state skill development missions to enhance capacity and improve standards of skilling at the state level. The 11 chief ministers will examine private sector participation in skill development and suggest ways for improved partnership of the private sector on issues such as curriculum development, delivery mechanism, pedagogy, certification, trainer attachment, apprenticeship training and financing.
Another key recommendation of the panel will be about measures needed to expand outreach skilling programmes and how to overcome the shortage of trainers/instructors.
Also, the Aayog has proposed to this sub-group to suggest ways for participation of panchayats, municipalities and civil society organisations, apart from the railways and the armed forces.
Sources said as PM was keen to take his ‘Skill India’ project to the next level, this sub-group had been asked to also suggest state-level innovative measures which could be replicated by other states and union territories.
Rising unemployment and scarcity of skilled labour is a cause of concern for policy-makers. And skill development is being touted as the key to improve employability of the youth and provide trained manpower.
* The NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) has reconstituted the sub-group of chief ministers on skill development, with Parkash Singh Badal as its convener.
* This sub-group will have the CMs of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Odisha, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Tripura as its members
* It has been tasked to submit a report on skill development by June 24, within three months of the panel being notified.