Govt signs MoUs to impart skill training

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to create skilled manpower, the state government today signed MoUs with nine different agencies and organisations having expertise in training youths in different skill development. "We target to impart vocational training to 1.7 lakh young boys and girls this year in order to make them self sufficient", Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said attending the MoU signing ceremony here.

Stating that the state needed to train at least one million youths during the 12th Plan period, Patnaik asked the trainers to target the youths in Maoist-hit districts. The objective of imparting training to tribal youths was to discourage them from joining Maoist outfits.

The training would be imparted in textiles/apparel, manufacturing, construction, driving, hospitality, health and as paramedics, security guards, IT/ITES, retail/sales, banking and insurance sectors, said Usha Padhee, director State Employment Mission.

Giving details about the objective of the Mission, Padhee said the programme aimed at enabling youths to become employed through market linked vocational training and enterprise based training.