Shoma Patnaik | NT
While poorly skilled workforce is a major cause of rising unemployment in the state, training to local youth for industry-relevant jobs is being done at a snail’s pace under the centrally-sponsored Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) which is completely free to the state exchequer.
So far only 172 individuals have been provided skill training certificates under PMKVY and another 209 applicants are under assessment, out of total 945 applicants who have enrolled for courses under the scheme.
The state had set an ambitious target of 46,951 total trainees by the end of March 31, 2020 but looking at the poor achievement, it had recently lowered the target to 30,000 trainees by the end of the current financial year.
A check at the PMKVY website reveals that total fund approval for the scheme over a period of three years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 is Rs 72 crore of which only about Rs 10 crore is provided to the state so far due to poor utilisation.
Speaking to this daily, Deepak Desai, director, directorate of skill development and entrepreneurship, Shram Shakti Bhavan, blamed the slow progress to practically no work done on the scheme in the first two years for its poor implementation.
“Only in the current year have we taken up training under the PMKVY on a war footing and enrolled candidates,” he said. Desai claimed that certification under the scheme is set to go up significantly over the next six months.
Presently courses under PMKVY are offered by the 10 government-run Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and three private institutes. Officials said that getting private institutes to offer training under the scheme is difficult and they are receiving poor response.
Meanwhile, several of the ITIs when contacted said that
space is a constraint because of which they are unable to hold training
Skill certificates under the PMKVY holds value in the market as it is verified by the National Skill Development Council (NSDC), New Delhi and also recognised pan-India and internationally. Further the training is free and placement is 100 per cent guaranteeing job to the applicant.
Courses under the scheme are of short duration ranging from 300 hours to 700 hours. There are over 200 courses across 34 industries. However in Goa only a handful of courses are offered limiting the skill training of candidates. The training courses are ideal for school dropouts as it is practical and completely job-oriented, pointed out directorate officials.
Desai said that PMKVY is completely a centrally managed
scheme and digitally administered. Funds are directly given to the training
institutes and beneficiaries and there is no scope for misappropriation. “It is
a good scheme which presently is being monitored rigorously by the government,”