Skill development schemes in Meghalaya soon

SHILLONG: National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) chairman S Ramadorai has assured chief minister Mukul Sangma of implementing skill development programmes for providing "value-added jobs" in Meghalaya.

As government jobs in Meghalaya have almost reached a saturation point, the Meghalaya government is looking to train at least 1,96,000 people in various skills that would assure them employment.

After meeting the CM, Ramadorai on Friday said, "One of the major concerns is the implementation. You may have great strategy, but unless people deliver on the ground within a time frame, the impact will not be seen. We have to take implementation very seriously".

Ramadorai also emphasized that training needed to be imparted to youth in the interiors of the state and not just in Shillong. He was also of the opinion that the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) need to explore the possibility of running these institutes on a Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) mode.

He said there was no dearth of funding for the training of youths as there were "many channels" of funding through PPP mode or through institutional mechanisms like the Asian Development Bank (ADB).