Jaya Raises Central Role on Skill Development

J Jayalalithaa on Sunday said national agencies should confine themselves to standardisation in skill development training at the national level only.

CHENNAI:  Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday said national agencies should confine themselves to standardisation in skill development training at the national level only. The actual training delivery should be left to the State Government agencies, which are better placed to mobilise candidates for training, she said.

“It would be desirable for Central agencies,  including NSDC, to confine themselves to national level standardisation, accreditation and certification functions, provision of financing and policy and legislative frameworks. Actual training delivery should be routed through and monitored by State government agencies, which are better placed to mobilise candidates for training,” the Chief Minister said.

In her address at the second meeting of the sub-group of Chief Ministers on Skill Development, NITI Aayog, held on Sunday at Raipur in Chhattisgarh, she expressed happiness that many suggestions made by Tamil Nadu had found place in the draft report.

Commenting on the draft report addressing the issue of skill development in demographically advantaged states, she said, “Taking cognizance of the heterogeneity of demographic challenges and opportunities across different states, targeted interventions need to be devised by broadly classifying the states as net suppliers and net absorbers of labour.”

She said the interventions at the national level should cover the needs of both sets of states and not just focus on the so-called demographically advantaged states. Solutions to some of the issues that demographically advantaged states face might lie in policy interventions in demographically more mature states and vice-versa.

She sought a comprehensive pan-India assessment of migration patterns, needs and aspirations, based on which requisite policy interventions for both providers and absorbers of migrant labour could be formulated.

The Chief Minister said, “In the report there is no mention of issues relating to persons with disabilities. This is a key omission. A recommendation stating to ensure that persons with disabilities are effectively skilled, it is essential to identify skill training partners who have the requisite expertise and infrastructure to provide the specialised training should be included in the report”.

A crucial element of the skill development strategy is the determination of sectoral priorities based on an independent assessment of the needs of each sector and the formulation of appropriate policies to enhance the qualitative and quantitative skill availability for the sector. This is clearly a task best done at the State level since the priority sectors would vary from State to State, she said.

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