Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 31:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday proposed Union Skill Development Secretary Rohit Nandan to extend the scheme of “Skill Development of Youth in LWE districts” to 13 more districts in the state.
Presently only five LWE districts of Odisha are included under the scheme. In this scheme, one ITI and two Skill Development Centres are being set up per district.
Patnaik held discussion with Nandan at the secretariat on issues of skill development in Odisha.
The Union government was also requested to consider opening a branch office of Regional Directorate of Apprentice Training, Hyderabad in Bhubaenswar.
Patnaik also stressed on having common norms and guidelines across central ministries and state government departments for a coordinated approach in implementation of skill development programmes.
Highlighting the target of skill development for two lakh youth every year in the state, the Chief Minister said that National Skill Development Mission should provide capital support for tools and equipment to the district level Skill Development Centres with hostel facilities.
Skill Development & Technical Education Minister Sanjay Das Burma, Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati, Development Commissioner Upendra Nath Behera, ACS Finance and Principal Secretary Skill Development & Technical Education were present in the meeting.