10 lakh youth to be trained in AP

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Hyderabad, Oct 27: As many as ten lakh youth will be provided training in Andhra Pradesh in collaboration with leading industries under the ''Rajiv Udyogashree'' scheme to overcome the problem of shortage of skilled workforce, State Labour Minister G Vinod said.

Delivering a special address at a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Conclave on ''Building skills: Building India,'' he exhorted industries to look at Human Resources Development as part of their industrial project.

He urged the captains of the industry to create a separate wing for workmen training.

Industries Minister J Geeta Reddy said yestterday the government had planned to create an additional eight to ten million jobs by 2015. The country, especially Andhra Pradesh, had emerged as a preferred destination for various industries, including Information Technology and Automobile Industry.

Highlighting the steps being taken up by the government to impart skills for youth, particularly those from rural areas, she said the government alone could not afford to work independently.

She asked the companies to take the initiative for skill development as they would be the beneficiaries.

For a country endowed with huge human resources, the shortage of skilled employees could be easily overcome with the active involvement of the stakeholders, including industry and educational institutions, she underscored.

Earlier, CII Past President Ashok Soota stressed on the need for providing vocational training in new skills for the country to achieve double digit growth rate in the future.


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