New Delhi / Dimapur : Lok Sabha MP, Neiphiu Rio and parliamentary secretary of Labour & Employment (Including Skill Development), Dr. Neiphrezo Kiditsu called on Union Ministry of State (I/C), Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Saturday in Delhi.
The meeting discussed the progress of work in the state of Nagaland under the scheme “Enhancing Skill Development Infrastructure in NE States & Sikkim” and other schemes under skill development mission.
Discussing skill development in Nagaland, Rudy said that there were huge potential and dedicated youths in Nagaland with entrepreneurial skills. He said there was big demand of youth across the country in varied sectors and assured to work closely with government of Nagaland to create avenues for growth for the youth of this State.
Rudy also thanked Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu and Neiphiu Rio for their unconditional support which he said would soon result in setting up of more ITIs in the State and promoting skill development and entrepreneurship. Rudy and Neiphrezo are set to meet again on August 8 to discuss about the skilling projects in length.
Discussing skill development in Nagaland, Shri Rudy said, “We have seen huge potential and dedication in the youth of Nagaland and have already realized that they have great entrepreneurial skills. There is big demand for such youth across the country in varied sectors. We will work closely with the Government of Nagaland to create avenues for growth for the youth of this State. We thank Dr. Neiphrezo Kiditsu and Mr. Neiphiu Rio for their unconditional support which will soon result in setting up of more ITIs in the State and promoting skill development and entrepreneurship.”
Shri Rudy stressed on uplifting the condition of ITI’s in Nagaland. He had recently announced that there are two ITIs which are covered under up-gradation plan and five another that are covered under Supplementing Deficient Infrastructure in Nagaland. An amount of Rs. 1149.47 Lakhs has been released for this purpose. Dimapur and Peren are the two ITIs covered under the scheme. Total Rs 788.50 lakh fund has been released for establishment of these 2 new ITIs.
There are no ITIs in two districts of Nagaland: Longleng and Kiphire. Hence, the number of new ITIs to be established in Nagaland has been proposed to be revised to 4, compared to 2 earlier. On the proposal on new ITIs, Minister said that his ministry will take step to establish two additional ITIs there.
It should be recalled that “Enhancing Skill Development Infrastructure in NE States & Sikkim” scheme was formulated in February 2010 at a total cost of Rs. 57.39 crore. At that time, 20 existing ITIs were covered for up-gradation (introduction of 3 new trades per ITI) and 28 existing ITIs were covered for Supplementing Deficient Infrastructure (Construction of new hostel, boundary wall and supplementing old and obsolete tools and equipment of 3 trades in each ITIs). In 2014, a new component “Establishment of 14 new ITIs” at a cost of Rs 6.22 crore per ITI were introduced and further revised in 2015 for establishment of 22 new ITIs @ Rs. 9.50 crore per ITI.
It may be noted that Rajiv Pratap Rudy met Governor of Nagaland P.B Acharya on July in Nagaland to discuss the on ground situation skilling programmes in Nagaland.