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Farm, allied sectors should play bigger role in job creation: CM

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh underlined the need to harness the farm, horticultural and allied sectors for job opportunities as nearly two-thirds of the workforce was employed in the primary sectors.

punjab Updated: Dec 22, 2014 19:26 IST
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Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh underlined the need to harness the farm, horticultural and allied sectors for job opportunities as nearly two-thirds of the workforce was employed in the primary sectors.


"An increased focus on rapid technological change and productivity growth improvement through reduced cycles of production and short duration crops in the state is of utmost importance and has to be channelized," he said, while inaugurating a one-day workshop on 'skill development in Himachal Pradesh' organized by the planning department on Monday.

"I earnestly feel young people in the state as well as the rest of the country need quality and certified skills to tap the vast potential of skilled manpower requirement. The state intends to empanel quality skill providers in various sectors who can impart quality based and certified skills so as to make them capable for self-employment and employment opportunities," Virbhadra said.

He disclosed action had been taken against 127 fake service providers in the state who were imparting training to the youth in the fraudulent manner. He added the state government had approached the National Skill Development Corp (NSDC) to set up four 'centres of excellence' with art laboratory facilities in the automobile, retail, hospitality and Information Technology sectors to increase the association of polytechnics in the state with industries.

"The state government intends to set up a web-site based complete digital database of youth, who will get skilled in various sectors and to track their future employment", he added and urged all the departments involved in skill development to set clear-cut targets for the purpose.

Virbhadra said the government had also proposed to upgrade the skills of building and other construction workers by allocating 20% of the cess amount for skill activities. "Tourism is an important sector where there is a huge scope for the youth of the state to be employed and we should concentrate on providing training to youth in hospitality sector in a big way. The industrial sector has also grown rapidly in the state, registering an annual compound growth of 9.4% since 2003," he added.