NEW DELHI: The Subgroup of Chief Ministers on Skill Development has decided to submit its final report to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) within a fortnight.
The final meeting of the CMs’ subgroup was held on Tuesday at Niti Aayog and it was presided over by its convener and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Emerging from the meeting, Badal said, “I think it will take a maximum of 15 days. The Committee has also entrusted me with the task of submitting the report on their behalf. Niti Aayog will prepare the final report.”
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, who also attended the meeting, said that there should be block, district and state-level Committees for skill development.
The report suggested that 50 per cent of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund should be used for skill development and there should be a long-term policy from the states and the Centre for the purpose.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, on his part, highlighted the need to create infrastructure for skill development and attracting investment, especially in the NorthEast.
He also pitched for more funds for the NorthEast states taking into account its limited revenues and its comparatively limited industrialisation.
Niti Aayog had set up the CMs’ Subgroup on skill development in March after a decision in this regard was taken at the first meeting of the governing council of the body on February 8.
The group was set up to suggest measures to strengthen the State Skill Development Missions to boost capacity and improve standards of skilling at the state-level.
It was also asked to examine the private sector’s role in skill development and suggest ways for improved partnership in curriculum development, delivery mechanism, pedagogy, certification, trainer attachment, apprenticeship training and financing.
The Panel was mandated to propose measures to expand outreach of skilling programmes, particularly in demographically advantageous states, and recommend measures for dealing with shortage of trainers, instructors and assessors.