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Niti Aayog, Virbhadra meeting on skill development soon

NITI Aayog, the body that replaced the erstwhile Planning Commission last year, officials have sought a meeting with Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh to discuss measures that could be taken to develop skills in the state's citizens and work on taking skill development as a mission to the next level.

punjab Updated: Jun 27, 2015 21:06 IST
Saurabh Chauhan

NITI Aayog, the body that replaced the erstwhile Planning Commission last year, officials have sought a meeting with Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh to discuss measures that could be taken to develop skills in the state's citizens and work on taking skill development as a mission to the next level.

Singh is a member of chief a minister sub-group on skill development headed by Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal.

In a communiqué to the state government, the NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog's chief executive officer Sindhushree Khullar has sought time to meet Virbhadra and discuss the skill development programme and framework in detail. Sources said the Aayog would first meet all chief ministers inducted in the sub-group.

The meeting is expected to focus on state-specific measures of skill development and to suggest ways for mobilising panchayats, municipalities and civil society organisations.

The Himachal Pradesh government that has been boasting of taking several steps in the field of skill development is set to highlight its newly set-up body - the Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam, the body that has reportedly streamlined all programmes of skill development in the state. The body has also been tasked with coordinating with the Central government on Skill Development, an initiative that has been on the priority list of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Interestingly, the Nigam has been yet to evolve a framework for the same, but the state government continues to claim it as a big achievement.

Agriculture, the major contributor in the state's economy, is also another employment sector in the state though less focused amidst the talks of jobs in industry sector. However, the sector is likely to be in the list of sectors considered to be employment-friendly after the sub-group headed by Badal emphasized linking agriculture with skill development.

A senior government official said after starting skill development allowance in the state, tertiary sector is no longer a major employment field.

"The focus has shifted to industry, which is not in a good shape in the country," said an official, requesting anonymity.

However, the state government is all set to present the rosy picture of state's efforts towards skill development. "We will get time from chief minister and will according inform NITI Aayog officials," a government functionary said.

Likely issues to be discussed

The meeting is expected to focus on state-specific measures of skill development and to suggest ways for mobilising panchayats, municipalities and civil society organisations.

The government that claims to have taken several steps in the field of skill development is set to highlight its newly set-up body - the Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam.