The government of India is collecting the rise in the number of skilled persons in the country since the launch of its flagship Skill India Programme, in an effort to tally jobs in India.
The launch of national skills portal planned by the government is an initiative that will have skilling data from all central ministries, states and corporates.
Earlier in January, the cabinet secretary, PK Sinha had conducted review meetings to track the number of skilled personnel bringing all central ministries on board to converge their skilling programmes.
Since the launch of Skill India programme in 2015, the government had targeted training over 400 million people in different skills by 2022. However, coming to statistics only 40 million have been trained so far out of which 25 million of them have been trained by the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship.
A senior official reported ET, The first phase will be launched on July 15 and, over a period of time, when all stakeholders are on board, it is estimated that the number of skilled personnel could go as high as 15 million a year against 10 million estimated by the skills development ministry.
About 1.2 million youth enter the country’s workforce every year, but a large part of them remain unemployed as they lack the desired skill set, which is why the government is considering it as a key thrust area for development. Skilling the new entrants while upskilling the existing workforce will improve employment in the country, adding more jobs while lifting incomes and boosting growth.