Nagaland: Naga youths have immense potential in skill development & entrepreneurship: Rajiv P Rudy

Kohima August 6,2017: Sectors of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Nagaland is all set to receive a much needed boost, going by the assurance given by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Ministry of State, In Charge, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.

During a meeting held recently with Dr Neiphrezo Kiditsu, Parliamentary Secretary for Labour & Employment (Including Skill Development) and Neiphiu Rio, Member of Parliament and former Chief Minister, Nagaland along with senior officers of skills and labour, the Union Minister said there is “huge potential and dedication in the youth of Nagaland when it comes to skill development and entrepreneurship.”

“There is big demand for such youth across the country in varied sectors. We will work closely with the Government of Nagaland to create avenues for growth for the youth of this State,” Rudy is learnt to have told the Nagaland team.

The meeting which focused on enhancing employment opportunities for the North East youth discussed the progress of work in Nagaland under the scheme “Enhancing Skill Development Infrastructure in NE States & Sikkim” and other schemes under skill development mission.

Also stressing on uplifting the condition of ITI’s in Nagaland, Rudy said he had recently announced that there are two ITIs which are covered under up-gradation plan and another five that are covered under Supplementing Deficient Infrastructure in Nagaland. An amount of Rs 1149.47 lakh has been released for this purpose. Dimapur and Peren are the two ITIs covered under the scheme. Total Rs 788.50 lakh fund has been released for establishment of these 2 new ITIs, the Union Minister revealed.

Presently, there are no ITIs in two districts of Nagaland- Longleng and Kiphire. Hence, the number of new ITIs to be established in Nagaland has been proposed to be revised to 4, compared to 2 earlier. On the proposal on new ITIs, Rudy said that his ministry will take step to establish two additional ITIs there.

The meeting also discussed about the current on-the-ground situation of setting up of skill development institutions in Nagaland. Dr Kiditsu is scheduled to hold another meeting with the Union Minister on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 to discuss about the skilling projects in length.

It should be recalled that “Enhancing Skill Development Infrastructure in NE States & Sikkim” scheme was formulated in February 2010 at a total cost of Rs 57.39 crore. At that time, 20 existing ITIs were covered for up-gradation (introduction of 3 new trades per ITI) and 28 existing ITIs were covered for Supplementing Deficient Infrastructure (Construction of new hostel, boundary wall and supplementing old and obsolete tools and equipment of 3 trades in each ITIs). In 2014, a new component “Establishment of 14 new ITIs” at a cost of Rs 6.22 crore per ITI were introduced and further revised in 2015 for establishment of 22 new ITIs @ Rs 9.50 crore per ITI.

Source: Morung Express

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