Tamilnadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday wrote a letter to her Punjab counterpart and chairman of the sub-group of chief ministers, Prakash Singh Badal on skill development of Niti Aayog elaborating on points to be included in the draft report of the committee.
In her letter, a copy of which was released to the press in Chennai, Jayalalithaa thanked Badal for the invitation extended to her to attend the second meeting of Niti Aayog at Raipur, Chhattisgarh today.
She said, 'Much as I would have liked to attend the meeting I am unable to do so due to pressing commitments in Chennai.'
'In the first meeting of the sub group held on 25 April, 2015, Tamil Nadu's views had been presented in detail. Skill development is a very important issue for the country as a whole and we, in Tamil Nadu have been taking a number of initiatives in this crucial area. I have read the draft report that has been circulated and I am happy to note that many of the suggestions made by Tamil Nadu have found place in the draft report.'
However, 'Amma' reiterated some other suggestions were missing in the report. The release quoted her suggestion saying, 'The draft report in para 2.4.2 refers to addressing the issue of skill development in demographically advantaged states. Taking cognizance of the heterogeneity of demographic challenges and opportunities across different sates, targeted interventions need to be devised by broadly classifying the states as net suppliers and net absorbers of labour.'
'It is a matter of national priority to address the productivity gaps of the demographically mature sates like Tamil Nadu, lest their populations grow old without fully enjoying the fruits of growth and development. Hence, the report needs to focus on this aspect as well. In this light, one of the recommendations should be to undertake a comprehensive pan-India assessment of migration patterns, needs and aspirations, based on which requisite policy interventions for both oroviders and absorbers of migrant labour can be formulated.'