Sunday, November 27, 2022

Chandrasekhar emphasises district skill development plans

Staff Reporter

Union Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Electronics & Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar has stressed charting separate district skill development plan for each district to cater to local talent, requirement and economic opportunity.
Addressing a press conference here at Hotel Acacia on the concluding day of his three-day visit, Chandrasekhar said deputy commissioners of all districts have been directed to work with district skill committees to develop a uniquely relevant district skill development plan for each district. He assured that the Centre would help by providing funds, resources and an enabling ecosystem to deliver.
Every part of Nagaland to have Internet: As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of connecting all Indians– with an approach that ‘no one is left behind’, he said no part of Nagaland will be left without internet connectivity. He said every area would have a minimum 4G network coverage.
“Every part of Nagaland will get access to internet with BSNL and private companies playing an important role. No part of Nagaland will be left uncovered by internet access,” he said, adding that digital connectivity across the region will usher in development and create new opportunities for young Indians. For this, the minister said that the Centre would allow any company to apply for Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).
Chandrasekhar also remarked that post Covid, entire global workforce requirements had changed drastically, pointing out that countries like Germany, United Kingdom and Japan were now seeking more Indian skilled workforce.
He said a German minister had visited him and requested 4,00,000 nurses, hospital administrators, medical supervisors and lab technicians from India.
When asked if Nagaland could be on a par with other States pursuing such opportunities, Chandrasekhar said today’s opportunities were not just local, but also global. He mentioned that this was one reason why the Centre was looking for district-level skill development centres and encouraging the concept of skill hubs where even a university or college could become one.
The minister observed that skill development and information technology had huge relevance for Naga youth, adding that he had gathered several inputs that would be of help while implementing various programmes in this regard.
On the issues and challenges faced in implementation of schemes, he said even though he had come across positive impacts of the schemes, he felt that certain schemes in a few areas required fine-tuning of guidelines.

DGC to be made a skill training gub: Later, Rajeev Chandrasekhar visited Dimapur Government College and interacted with students of the College.
During his interaction, the minister informed the students that their college would soon be converted into a skill training hub under Skill India Mission and that they could avail the opportunities to get themselves future-ready.
He also shared Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and gave a presentation on New India for Young Indians to students, urging them to empower themselves with skills to pursue their future life choices.
“New India offers a lot many opportunities than ever before. Success is determined by hard work and capability, and not by affiliations to any political party or business family or other such influences. Innovation and skilling are going to drive our future as India steps into what Narendra Modi terms as India’s Techade,” he said.
He claimed that the eight years of Modi government had turned the old narrative of democracy on its head, adding that Indian democracy was earlier considered dysfunctional and corrupt.
“But now, thanks to the Digital India programme launched by the Prime Minister in 2015, every single rupee is directly transferred into bank accounts of beneficiaries living in remotest corners of the country,” he declared.
Earlier, the minister, accompanied by advisor IT, Sc&T and NRE Mmhonlumo Kikon, also held a meeting with Dimapur district administration and other officials.
After concluding his tour, Chandrasekhar returned to Delhi later in the evening.

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