PM launches ‘Skill India'; Calls it fight against poverty

RSTV Bureau
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the exhibition on the National Skill Development Mission, in New Delhi on July 15, 2015. The Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy is also seen.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the exhibition on the National Skill Development Mission, in New Delhi on July 15, 2015. The Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy is also seen.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the ambitious ‘Skill India’ campaign as part of his government’s series of flagship initiatives. Calling it “war against poverty”, PM Modi said that India should emerge as the “human resource capital” of the world as China has become a global manufacturing factory.

“If China is like a manufacturing factory of the world, India should become the human resource capital of the world. That should be our target and we should lay emphasis on that,” the Prime Minister said addressing an event in New Delhi.

The launch of ‘Skill India’ Mission was attended by several union ministers and Chief Ministers of various states.

Emphasising that India has the potential to provide a workforce of about 4 to 5 crore people to the world if the capabilities of the countrymen are honed through proper and dynamic training in skills, he assured that the government is focused on this aspect.

“We need to have futuristic vision and prepare plans for the next 10 years” he added advocated the need for regular interaction between industry and technology experts.

The Prime Minister also stressed on the need of Industrial Training Institutes or ITIs, saying, “In the last decade, we made a name for ourselves in the world through IITs. The world accepted our IITs as good institutions. But in today’s world, the focus is ITI”.

Laying out the priorities of his government in creating jobs he said the initiative will counter unemployment and poverty in the country.

“The foremost priority of the government is to create jobs. For this, we have to create proper structures and this mission is an effort in that direction,” the PM said.

The Union Finance minister too termed India as a “bright spot” among the global economies adding that the manufacturing sector is showing signs of revival aided by government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

“Our manufacturing sector, with Make in India initiative, is also going to pick up. From almost flat manufacturing growth 14 months ago, signs of revival are almost visible,” Arun Jaitley said at the launch of ‘Skill India’ Mission in New Delhi.

(With inputs from the PTI)