DIBRUGARH, Feb 10 - The Central Government-sponsored skill development training programmes under the Skill Development Initiative Scheme in Assam have been practically suspended due to the negligence of the State’s Chief Minister and lack of interest of the Directorate of Employment and Craftsmen Training, alleged the All Assam Vocational Training Providers’ Association.
The skill development organizations had been training youths of the State in different sectors under the Directorate of Employment and Craftsmen Training throughout Assam since 2010.
The Skill Development Initiative Scheme is a Government of India approved and sponsored scheme for all the states throughout the country under which the government trains the unemployed educated youths to generate employment in various private or semi-government sectors.
The certificates to the successful candidates are issued by the National Council on Vocational Training (NCVT), Government of India and their employment is assured.
Dhruba Borah, general secretary, All Assam Vocational Training Providers’ Association has said that a large number of youths benefitted through the skill training centres under the Directorate of Employment and Craftsmen Training since 2010.
“A large number of centres have almost closed down now due to the adamant attitude and negligence of the State Government. The condition of the training centres is also very pitiful. These centres have not received their dues since 2013-2014 financial year. This has resulted in irregular staff payment. If this status continues, the centres will soon close down and the unemployment problem in the State will continue to haunt,” Borah stated.
The association leaders have expressed shock as to why such trainings, which have helped thousands of youths get jobs, are kept on hold. The State Government neither releases training cost nor they give permission to start new batches for skill training under the Skill Development Initiative Scheme, the organization said.
The State Government must look into the state of affairs of the department concerned and take immediate steps to revive the training centres, demanded the association.