Important News: National Skill Certification Board to bring bill for recognition of skills, says Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy

Government will bring a bill under which various skills will be granted recognition besides which 500 model centres would be started to train the youth, the Lok Sabha was told today. The government is also in talks with World Bank for funding the skill development programme, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said while replying to the concerns expressed by certain members about low allocation in the budget.

Rudy, while replying to a debate on Demand for Grants for the Skill Development Ministry which was later passed by voice vote, said the government is committed to give a big push to the skill development programme in the country.

“National Skill Certification Board will bring a bill in Parliament. By this, recognition can be granted to skills,” he said. “Our programmes are aimed at meeting the aspirations of youth by skilling them. We want to train people so that they can supplement their income,” he said. The Minister said that government was planning to start 500 model training centres in a phased manner and would utilize the infrastructure of the state-owned companies to provide training ranging from 15 days to one month.

Admitting that Rs 1,800 crore earmarked for skill development was not sufficient, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was very keen about the project and had assured him necessary funds would be made available for the project. “However, what we need is to develop the capacity to spend the money,” he said. The effort would be to get people trained in specific areas to be recommended by the industry, he said, adding these trained persons will become makers of Make in India.

Rudy said this was the first time that the demands for his Ministry, which was formed one-and-half years ago was being discussed by the Lower House.

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