Odisha asks Centre to extend skill devlt scheme to LWE areas

Bhubaneswar: Seeking a new branch office of the Regional Directorate of Apprentice Training, Hyderabad, here, Odisha government today asked the Centre to extend the scheme of Skill Development of Youth” in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) hit districts in the state.

The demands were made by chief minister Naveen Patnaik when Union Skill Development secretary Rohit Nandan met the former at the Secretariat here.

During the discussion, the Chief Minister proposed to extend the scheme of Skill Development of Youth” in LWE districts to 13 more districts of Odisha.

Presently only five LWE districts of Odisha are included under the scheme.

In the scheme, one ITI and two skill development centre are being set up per district.

The Centre was also requested to consider opening a branch office of Regional Directorate of Apprentice Training, Hyderabad in Bhubaenswar.

The Chief Minister also stressed on having common norms and guidelines across central ministries and state government departments for a coordinated approach in implementation of skill development programmes.

Highlighting the target of skill development for two lakh youth every year in the state, the Chief Minister said that the National Skill Development Mission should provide capital support for tools and equipment to the district level Skill Development Centres with hostel facilities.