'Vocational training for 50 crore youths'

BANGALORE: The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has envisaged a plan to impart vocational training for over 50 crore youths in the next ten years, Union Minister of Labour Mallikarjun K

Published: 08th February 2012 02:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:52 PM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has envisaged a plan to impart vocational training for over 50 crore youths in the next ten years, Union Minister of Labour Mallikarjun Kharge said on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference, he said that a Skill Development Council (SDC) chaired by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has set a target to train over 500 million young men and women in the country in the next ten years.

Informing that to achieve the target already several initiatives have been taken across the country, the minister said that during 12th plan period it was proposed to establish four Regional Skill Development Centres including one in Bangalore.The department has appealed to the State government to provide a five acres of land for the purpose. Stating that during the last three years, his ministry has sanctioned proposals worth over `1,200 crore for Karnataka which  included super specialty ESI hospital coming up near Peenya Industrial area, he said that it would be formally inaugurated on 13th of this month.  The department has also planned to establish another ESI hospital at Bommanahalli area, he said.

MoU with USA

The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the USA to establish bilateral cooperation in the areas of skill development, youth employment, occupational safety and health and mines safety.

Addressing the Media here on Tuesday, Union Labour Minister M Mallikarjun Kharge said that the MoU which was inked on February 2 would be in force for three years.

“The agreement would enable ties between the two countries in training and information exchange in underground and open cast mining, disaster control and emergency management and development of a database. A joint working group comprising officials of both sides would be formed, Kharge explained.

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