22 New ITIs to be set up in North-East Region, Skill development in focus

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is planning to set up 22 industrial training institutes (ITIs) under the scheme titled ‘Enhancing skill development infrastructure in North Eastern states and Sikkim’, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy informed the Lok Sabha. The current rate of unemployment has been one of the principle reasons why the technical encouragement is being induced in various states of the country. The target of the government is not just to improve the rate of employment; the government is willing to inculcate proper technical knowledge in the industrial units so that the output is efficient not just by number but by the standards as well.

A proposal has been set wherein various schemes are being discussed for its execution. Many states have received the already planned 22 ITIs. The cabinet is working to sort out all the schemes for the industrial institutes as soon as possible. Out of the 22 ITIs, Assam is slated to receive 5, Arunachal Pradesh will get 4, Tripura and Mizoram will have 3, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya will have 2 each and Sikkim will get one ITI. The budget allocated for the ITIs is Rs 950 lakhs. Out of the total amount, the Central government would contribute Rs 855 lakhs and the rest is to be borne out by the respective state governments.

According to Mr. Rudy, “Meeting of the expenditure finance committee for considering the above proposal for the scheme was held on April 19, 2016, and the Cabinet note is under preparation. Once the scheme is approved, it will be implemented expeditiously.”

The scheme which was first formulated in 2011 will continue up to 31st March 2017 at a revised cost of Rs 298.13 crore with new component for ‘establishment of 22 ITIs’ in 8 North-eastern States.

The policy is targeted at improving the quality of technical and industrial training in North-East Indian states including Sikkim which have only 51 ITIs at present. According to the Directorate General Employment & Training (DGE&T) under Ministry of Labour & Employment, the main objective of the scheme is to meet both qualitative and quantitative skilled and semi-skilled manpower requirement for industry, service sector, self-employment etc. by way of creating and developing infrastructure for training of youth in identified skill areas.

The current seating capacity of the ITIs in the targeted states is expected to rise from 7692 to approximately 16,144, which will give a big boost to the much-needed skill development in the region which consist of almost 3.8 % of the country’s population.

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