New Delhi: Concerned over the state of skill
development, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday asked the
ministries to prepare plans for the next year with special
focus on skilling needs of minorities, SC, ST and backwards.
Chairing a meeting of the National Council on Skill
Development, he asked his Cabinet colleagues to focus on
sectors like infrastructure, real estate, auto and auto
components, textile, healthcare, retail and logistics.
Singh asked ministers to keep in mind the skilling
needs of people belonging to SC, ST, backward classes,
minorities, women and those with disabilities. His remarks
come at a time when elections have been announced to five
state assemblies, including Uttar Pradesh.
"I must say our efforts on skill development side so far
have been rather tentative. We cannot let this state of
affairs continue," he said.
The time is appropriate to set ministry-wise targets for
skill development in the run-up to the Union Budget in
mid-March, he said.
Skill requirement studies estimate that India will
require around 26 crore skilled people by 2018 and around 34
crore by 2022, he said adding that there was a need to provide
quality training to around eight crore people in the next five
"There is a significant gap between the requirement and
the supply which unless checked will constrain our economic
growth," he said.
Singh also called upon the ministries to work closely
with the states and to allow them to select training providers
and trades and create a decentralised approval mechanisms.