In a late evening development, chief executive officer and managing director of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Dilip Chenoy, and chief operating officer Atul Bhatnagar resigned, top government sources told HT.
They said that the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship was unhappy with NSDC’s way of functioning and was pushing for an overhaul of the key organisation, and that a ‘major shake-up’ was on the anvil.
“Their resignation papers were submitted to S Ramadorai, chairman of NSDC’s Board of Directors. Inability to get the private sector’s involvement in totality, lack of transparency and non-performance of the sector skill councils are prime reasons why the NSDC top officials may have put in their papers. A major overhaul is in the works,” a top ministry official said.
Sector skill councils are a key component of the government’s skill plan, which conducts liaisons with the industry that results in job linkages. Union skill development minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy was unavailable for comments while Chenoy did not respond to repeated calls. Both Chenoy and Bhatnagar were appointees of the previous Congress-led UPA government.
Besides giving funds to companies and organisations that provide skill training, NSDC has to create the right ecosystem for promoting skill development in the country.