Itagar, May 11: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister bam Tuki has vociferously pitched for integrating Skill development for Northeast region under regiol planning body like North Eastern Council (NEC).
He asserted for ebling the regiol planning body with the powers and functions for ensuring cent percent success of the important social security and youth development programme in the region.
Tuki was participating in the discussion of the regiol consultation programme of the Sub-group of Chief Ministers on skill development under NITI Aayog which was convened by Punjab Chief Minister at State Convention Centre in Shillong today, an official communiqué informed.
While asserting for taking the skill development on mission mode, CM Tuki suggested for integrating the indigenous skills with the available advance technology so that more and more rural populace can be benefitted. “Our people are specialised in indigenous skills like art-feds, crafts, handloom and handicrafts etc. which if properly guided with advance technological skills, can do wonders. It can fetch them a handsome earning and make the profession economically viable” Tuki emphatically said and requested the Centre to provide adequate fund for the programme.
While informing that Aruchal Pradesh is rich in tural resource with its dense forest having the potential of aromatic and medicil plants, Chief Minister submitted that the state should be allowed to exploit some of its resources like the Anti-Cancer Plant (Taxus) through some professiolly trained hands that could extract the medicil plant without disturbing the tural growth of the endangered species.
He suggested for specialised skill development courses for such economic activities.
“We have taken skill development and employment generation on mission mode which have resulted in fetching us the India’s Best Project Award - 2014”, an excited Tuki revealed. He further informed that the youths from the state are now working in almost all the metro-cities across the country and many have gone abroad.
The Chief Minister disclosed that his government would provide one lakh job in the 12th five year plan and has till 31st March 2014 created and self employed 31048 people. More than 5000 youths have been sponsored by the state government for skill development training through job melas in the state capital and district headquarters and many more are in the pipeline.
Apart from establishing Industrial Training Institute – one each in every district, Chief Ministers Livelihood Schools would be established in every assembly constituency, CM informed. He further revealed that the state is planning to create skill development training infrastructure and facilitate single window system on skill development programme for all departments.
Tuki emphasised on the need to do research and survey on the skill gap and work for its fulfilment through all means.
Next meeting of the sub-group of chief ministers on skill development will be held at Chattisgarh in a later date, the communiqué added.