Bhubaneswar: Skill Development and Technical Education Minister Premananda Nayak today refuted the Opposition’s allegation that unemployment has crossed all limits in Odisha and the government’s spending on skill development has gone waste.
Replying to the debate on the adjournment motion moved by the BJP in the Odisha Assembly during zero hours today, Nayak said that the Opposition’s allegation is not based on facts.
The Minister said that the government has taken several steps for the creation of employment and self-employment opportunities for youths in the State through the Skill Development & Technical Education department and other departments as a result of which they have become employable and self-employable in the manufacturing and services sector.
He informed that the ‘Odisha Skill Development Authority’ has been constituted since 2016-17 with the objective to make youths of the State employable through various skill development training programmes of different departments while maintaining proper coordination.
He stated that by the development of skill levels of youths through various programmes like CMEGP, PLTP, PMKVY and DDU_GKY etc employability and self employability opportunities for youths are being created.
The Minister said that in order to expedite skill development in the State, the State government in 2014-15 has started a new programme Chief Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (CMEGP).
As many as 11 departments of the State government like SD&TE, PR&DW, ST&SC Dev, H&UD, A&FE, H&T, C&T, F&ARD, E&IT, etc have been included in the programme, he added.
As many as 14, 02,788 youths have been made employable and self employable after being imparted training under the programme till January 1, this year, he pointed out.
Similarly, Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) has introduced a Placement Linked Training Programme (PLTP) since 2011-12 under which training is being provided in reputed private organisations through PPP mode, the Minister said.
Till date, a total of 96,914 persons have taken placement linked training, out of which 26,639 have been provided with employment.
The Minister informed that till date 246 Job Fairs have been organised in the State and a total of 1,35,858 youths have got jobs through these fairs.
Nayak told the House that the State government has established a World Skill Centre at Bhubaneswar in cooperation with ITEES, Singapore for imparting world-class skills to the State’s youths to make them compliant with national and international industry.
Through the World Skill Centre, it is targeted to provide skill sets to 1,51,000 youths in the next five years, he pointed out.