Ranchi: East Singhbhum topped among India’s 101 aspirational districts in skill development, according to the NITI Aayog report uploaded on its website on Saturday, but Jharkhand’s overall picture is not so rosy.
Of the total job offers given at the state government’s much hyped first-ever mega skill summit this January in Ranchi, way less than half opted to join, prompting nodal agency Jharkhand Skill Development Mission Society (JSDMS), under the state higher education and skill mission department, to brainstorm on ways to increase the rate of job placements this fiscal, wherein chief minister Raghubar Das has set a placement target of 1 lakh youths.
As many as 26,674 job letters were given to youths skilled in various trades by JSDMS in association with partner agencies, of which as many as 16, 024 did not join, possibly because many were asked to relocate outside the state at very low salaries.
Ravi Ranjan, managing director of JSMDS, said on Saturday that they would hold a meeting this Monday, April 9, with the chief minister on how to achieve the target to skill and give jobs to 1 lakh in the 2018-19 fiscal.
Would real issues of low pay offered by headhunters be addressed? An official on condition of anonymity said “inadequate package in many cases was a major deterrent”.
“If you ask a youth to leave his home here and go to Himachal Pradesh on a salary of Rs 6,000, what will he live on? I know a dozen youths who got jobs at a weaving and garments unit in Himachal Pradesh but as the pay band ranged between Rs 6,000 and Rs 8,000, they refused,” he said. But, on record no one mentioned this specifically.
“Efforts are on to analyse reasons for youths not joining to be able to prepare future road-maps better,” Ranjan said, but added the skill-to-job conversion rate wasn’t bad for the first attempt, as 10,650 people joined out of 26,674 offer letters made.
He added that many youths did not join because “they feared moving out of the state, had last-minute changes of mind and a casual approach to interviews”. “But those who joined are happy. So, when they return home and share their job experiences, it would motivate the others,” he said.
This fiscal, training will be under three modes, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Saksham Jharkhand Kaushal Vikas Yojana and mega skill centres.
“Earlier, under Pradhan Mantri centrally funded scheme, training partners and others were chosen by the Centre. Now, the state will bear 25 per cent of the funding and chose training partners on own. In other schemes too, we are exploring quality trainers,” he said.
In NITI Aayog report, Lohardaga is 7th, Garhwa 12th, Ranchi 16th, Bokaro 22nd, Palamau 42nd, Ramgarh 47th, Hazaribagh 50th, Chatra 51st, Latehar 52nd, Khunti 78th,Gumla 80th, West Singhbhum 81st, Sahebganj 83rd, Pakur 91st, Giridih 92nd,Dumka 93rd, Godda 94th and Simdega 96th among 101 aspirational districts in skill development.
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