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Push for skill development

Guwahati, Oct. 20: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has called for according top priority to skill development as there is tremendous demand for skilled manpower in various sectors.

Speaking at the meeting of Assam Skill Development Council here today, Gogoi said the focus must be on key sectors in which the state has tremendous potential and in those areas where skilled manpower is in great demand.

He instructed the departments to find out the requirements of skilled manpower and the measures to create a rich pool of skilled personnel.

The chief minister asked the departments concerned to ensure maximum employability through job-linkage. Adviser to the Prime Minister’s National Council on Skill Development, S. Ramadorai, was in Assam in July to gather feedback on skill development in the state.

The meeting discussed key sectors like hospitality, tourism, healthcare and automobile industry and how to overcome constraints such as ensuring private sector participation in a big way, cost sharing under public private partnership mode and availability of trained instructors and infrastructure.

Gogoi directed the departments to identify the agencies, tie up with them and produce skilled manpower to cater to the growing need of different sectors.

Two PowerPoint presentations were made and a short film by the National Academy of Construction was screened.

The meeting was attended, among others, by minister for labour and employment Prithibi Majhi, agriculture minister Nilomoni Sen Deka, PWD minister Ajanta Neog, investment adviser to chief minister Ranjit Barthakur, chief secretary N.K. Das and senior officials of departments concerned.

Assam’s draft state employment policy states that an overwhelming majority of the workforce, not only in the rural areas but also in urban areas, does not possess any identifiable marketable skills.

Nearly 80 per cent of job-seekers enrolled in employment exchanges are without any professional skills.

The National Skill Development Corporation is also carrying out a skill-gap analysis in the Northeast.

The study will find out the skills available in different states of the Northeast and recommend some with a view to enhance employability through formal employment, self-employment and creation of livelihood opportunities. Set up in 2009, the corporation’s aim is to fulfil the objective of the National Skill Development Mission to create 500 million skilled people by 2022. It has mapped skill gaps in 20 high-growth sectors in the country till 2022.

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