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Speech by the Hon’ble Minister of State

Extract from the speech delivered by the Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy at Pravasia Bharat Divas 2015 on 8th January 2015 at Gandhinagar Gujarat.

  • There are over 1.2 billion people in our country. The proportion of skilled workers to total population in countries like UK, Japan and Korea is roughly 62%, 75% and 92% respectively while India, despite our large population has a skilled worker proportion of just 2% of the total population. Our country has challenge of skilling 500 million people.

  • Skill development efforts in the country are highly fragmented. This was evident during the Winter Session of Parliament where 34 different Ministers/Departments were answering questions based on skill development.

  • Further, skill development efforts in the country have not reached the scale and quality required, which was reiterated by the fact that the ambassador of Peru wrote a letter to MEA informing them about the situation where skilled workers from Peru who operate heavy machinery are being issued visas to work in India, due to a lack of skilled machine operators in our country. This is a pressing situation and needs to be addressed at the earliest.

  • There is lack of standardization, common framework and certification of skilling in India. There is a requirement for well trained trainers and quality curriculum based on a standardized national framework to resolve these problems. The first work this Ministry is doing is to rationalize the training norms in terms of inputs and outcomes across the Ministries and Departments.

  • The laudable call of our Honorable Prime Minister to use every resources available in the country for skilling the youth was elaborated with the possibility using infrastructure of Railway Stations across India and involvement of the ex-army men as trainers. It was specially referred that there are 65,000 kms of railway network in the country with over 8,000 stations, out of which 2000 have busy transactions and rest 6,000 stations have good infrastructure, electricity as well as 4,300 km of optical fiber cable network would be utilized for the Mission ‘Skill India’. Further, the Indian army would be another vital partner from where ex-servicemen who have had an average experience of 20 years in skilled service could be facilitated as Master trainers or Entrepreneurs

  • There is also a need to promote dignity of labour across the country for people who work in the primary and secondary sector. It is for every individuals and organizations to join hands in this movement. This Ministry will leave no stone unturned to facilitate the process of mass skilling with speed, quality and scale wherein participation of people from all works of life would be very critical.

  • In the end, Honorable Minister ardently invited one and all to join this Mission of fulfilling the dream of India as a highly skilled nation in times to come.