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Gogoi asks state to accelerate skill development

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, Jan 28 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has directed the state machinery to accelerate its efforts for skill development to minimise the gap of demand and supply in the employment generation sector.

In a meeting today with the Chairman of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), S Ramadorai in the conference hall of Assam State Secretariat, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi underlined the need of scaling up efforts by the Government departments in income generating employment avenues for the meaningful employment of local youths. He also sought cooperation from the National Skill Development Corporation to help in generating skills in the local youths to increase their employability.

As per census 2011, Assam has 3.11 crore population of which 85 per cent live in semi urban and rural areas. Considering the huge concentration of people in rural and semi urban areas, need for skill development to create a pool of human resources remains a pertinent point which needs to be addressed immediately. Chairman of NSDC, S Ramadorai while sharing his experience, said that a synergistic approach involving all the employment and skill generating agencies is required to tap the youth energy and channelize it into income generating vocations.

Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla presented an overview of the efforts of different departments engaged in skill and employment generation. He also reiterated that the State Employment Generation Mission and NSDC should work in tandem to bring in new perspective and technology to bolster the sectors like handloom and textile, tourism, agriculture, horticulture etc. Earlier, Dr JB Ekka, Commissioner, Labour and Employment gave a power point presentation of State Government�s efforts in skill development and employment generation.

The meeting was attended among others by the Additional Chief Secretary VK Pipersania, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister MGVK Bhanu, Principal Secretary, Transport and Tourism VS Bhaskar along with other senior officers, said an official release.

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