Odisha readying action plan for skill development

Bhubaneswar, Dec 16 (IANS) The Odisha government, which has set a target to skill eight lakh youth in the next three years, asked all departments to submit the action plan for skill training for 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Skill Development secretary Sanjay Singh on Friday requested all the departments to submit the action plan for skill training for 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The road map for skill development and action plan for skilling 8 lakh youth under Chief Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (CMEGP) was discussed at the first governing council meeting of Odisha Skill Development Authority(OSDA).

OSDA chairman Subroto Bagchi emphasised that the guiding principle of skill development in the state should be to create separate identity ‘Skilled in Odisha’.

Skill Development and Technical Education Minister Sanjay Das Burma emphasised the need to strengthen District Employment Exchanges as the district employment officer is the nodal officer for implementation of Skill Training Programme at the district level.

He said there is a need for early rollout of an Asian Development Bank project which will help substantially in the scaling up of the programme.

He also outlined the need for tapping Government of India funding for undertaking a skill training programme in the state.

He said the state government has accorded highest priority to skill development for the employability of unemployed youth.

–IANS

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