Odisha Govt to Focus on Skill Development for Employment

Bhubaneswar, Oct 29: In another to move to increase the percentage of employment in Odisha, the state government has decided to provide skill training to 11 lakh youth passing out of the professional institutes in five years.

The youth will be trained under the Chief Minister Employment Generation Scheme to get employed in various sectors in the state.

Attending a discussion on "Rural India to Skilled India: Unleashing the Avenues", Director of Odisha State Employment Mission Society (OSEMS) and Directorate of Technical Education & Training (DTET) Pramod Kumar Panda here on Tuesday said that the government targets 11 lakh youth in five years, 9.3 lakh of them would be trained from the rural areas, while 1.7 lakh would be from urban areas of the state.

Panda said 79 MoUs have been signed between State Government and industrial houses between 2002-2012. However, not a single industry worked for providing skill training to the students passing out of the professional or technical institutes to create job opportunities that resulted in the increase of unemployment, under-employment and migration in the state.

The unemployment further is another key factor to lead to serious crimes with some joining Maoist organisations or indulging criminal activities.