Guwahati: Union minister for skill development and entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey called on Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the Brahmaputra State Guest House in Guwahati on Sunday and discussed skill development opportunities in the state.
The Union minister urged the state government to allot a suitable land for setting up a Northeast Skill Centre in Guwahati, which would cater to the skill development needs of the eight states of the region. CM Sonowal reassured him that a land has been identified for the same.
Sonowal highlighted the significant increase in trade and business activities in the state and lauded the Central government for the initiatives, like providing nearly Rs 23,000 crore for Numaligarh Refinery Limited’s (NRL) productivity augmentation for 3 million metric tonne per annum (MMTPA) to 9 MMTPA. This has warranted a large pool of skilled manpower for taking advantage of the boost to economic activities in the state, he added.
Further, Sonowal urged Pandey to provide the necessary support to the state for expediting the process of setting up an Assam Skill University. The university, once established, will help the youth of the entire region to fulfill their dreams of becoming able citizens of the country.
Sonowal also requested the Union minister to set up a centre of National Skill Training Institute in the state so that the trainers of the ITIs in the state could be provided quality training in the state itself, as in the absence of such institutes, trainers need to go to Kolkata for receiving training. To this, Pandey assured of taking necessary action.
At the meeting, the chief minister also brought up the issue of low quality of construction work carried out by unskilled contractors in the state which result into dilapidated public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, buildings, etc, within a short period.
Sonowal requested the Union minister to take initiatives to impart skills among the state contractors for making Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a new India a reality. Pandey directed the ministry officials present at the meeting to explore the possibility of developing programmes for skill development of contractors in partnership with Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE).
The state minister for industry and commerce, and skill development Chandra Mohan Patowary apprised Pandey about various steps taken up by that state government for skill development among youth. He also informed that according to Assam Industrial Policy, an amount of Rs 10,000 would be given by the state government as an incentive to the industries for recruiting local youth.