HYDERABAD: A skilled human resource is imperative for any country to achieve rapid industrialisation and sustainable development in the long run, Union minister of state for labour Bandaru Dattatreya has said.
He made the observation while speaking at the inaugural session of a two-day Skills-2015 International Conference at the National Institute of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NIMSME) here on Thursday.
The Skill International Conference, being organised by Life Skills and Livelihood Skills International (LSLSI), is being attended by representatives from around 10 countries, including the USA, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Life skills and livelihood skills are the theme of this year’s conference. Stressing the importance of better sanitation and health care, Dattatreya said the Union government took several initiatives on that score. “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan will make India a clean country by 2019,” he claimed.
Ravi Reddy, co-chairman of the conference, said, ‘The conference aims to provide inputs to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign in achieving its objectives. We hope the two-day conference will provide us inputs to start more effective initiatives for skill development.”
Richard Oliver, founder and CEO of American Sentinel University, said Clean India campaign was going to play a significant role in India’s journey to become the most powerful economy. Better sanitation, health and education facilities would enhance the sustainable growth in the coming years. The government must focus on improving these facilities in rural areas too, he suggested.
Andhra Pradesh legislative Assembly speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao and Chevella MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy were among those present.