Skill development centres across all north-eastern states, says Rajiv Pratap Rudy

In Guwahati, Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said here on Wednesday, the central government will set up skill development centres in all blocks of Assam and the other northeastern states to increase employability of the younger generations. He added “I want to assure that a net of skilled development centres would be set up across the blocks in Assam and other northeastern states. He also said that they are also working to arrange for passports for the skilled youths in the northeastern region and to send them for suitable employment overseas in consultation with the external affairs ministry. 


Rudy slammed the erstwhile Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre for its “wrong policies”. “Today, the 23 lakh unemployed youth is the biggest challenge faced by Assam,” he said. In Assam and the other northeastern states, there are thousands of blocks where there is no skill development centre or Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) to give skill training to the youth.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi created the skill development ministry considering the need for skill training of people in the country, particularly the youth, to increase their employ-ability. Citing international data, he said that 96 percent people in South Korea were skilled and employable, followed by Japan with 80 percent, and the US with 55 percent however, according to the National Sample Survey, only 4.5 percent of the workforce in India are skilled. He said that while there were 17.5 lakh engineering institute seats in India, 8.5 lakh seats were vacant out of which fifteen percent of engineering graduates and 17 percent of management graduates in India were unemployed. He stated that this was why Modi started the Skill India mission last year.

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