Lamenting on the lack of skilled manpower in the country, the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that the country will get 50 crore additional skilled workers by 2020.
Speaking at the inaugural session of a seminar organised by the Commerce and Industry cell of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee, Mukherjee’s said that the Prime Minister’s council for National Skill Development setup in 2009 will provide an impetus to achieving this target.
Emphasising the role of micro, small and medium enterprises in shaping the country’s economy, Mukherjee said: “Even though this sector employs around 6 crore people and contributes as much as 40 per cent of the country’s total export earnings, the non-availability of skilled people is becoming a key hurdle in its progress.”
Mukherjee said that even the Ministry of Textiles had embarked upon a similar program to train 30 lakh people in five years to meet the needs of the textile and garment sectors.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan too admitted that the state faced challenges in being an industry-friendly state. “Our power sector is weak and needs more attention. Similarly, regional imbalance is a challenge that the state needs to attend to.”
The function was marred by protestors from the Maharashtra Niradhar Devdasi Mahila Sanghatna, who were protesting the lack of implementation of welfare schemes for devdasis.
Police at the auditorium rushed to accost these protestors out, after which they were taken to the Azad Maidan police station.