Central Government to spend Rs 32,000 crore on skill development


A total amount of Rs 12,000 cr. would be provided through the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).

As part of the Skill India programme, the Central Government will spend Rs 32,000 crore in the next three years, on skill development of the youth, Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy mentioned.

Speaking after inaugurating the Telangana Jagruthi’s skill development centre’s main office on Friday, Rudy said of the total amount Rs 12,000 crore will be provided through the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) programme. The Union Minister congratulated Nizamabad MP K Kavitha for starting 17 skill development centres in all the 17 Lok Sabha segments in the state.

Union Minister of Labour, Bandaru Dattatreya, speaking on the occasion said the target set by the PM was to give one crore jobs in the next one year. He shared that he was the first minister for skill development, a new department created by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The department will work with the state governments. The states should also align with the Centre,” he said.

According to Rudy, “There is a huge demand for short-term skill development programmes in the services sector. The Centre has focussed both on long- and short-term skill development schemes.”

“The Ambassador of India to Japan met me and said if we can offer 10,000 skilled boys, the Japanese Government is ready to take them. There is not only a shortage of trained workforce within the country, but even the world is looking towards India for trained manpower. Unfortunately, the ecosystem of skilling was compromised (earlier),” he said.

Telangana Jagruthi President, Kavitha said that its skill development centres imparted training to 3,500 youths so far.

“BTech graduates were not getting even Rs 5,000 due to lack of proper job skills. The income of some welders in the country is more than that of IAS and IPS officers. But, the welders have no proper recognition in the society. We want to produce professors of welding, plumbing, carpentry and others,” Rudy said.

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