PTI & ENS
China has taken a big step in “capturing” the world job market, said chief minister Narendra Modi on Monday. He promised a new strategy for youths if BJP comes to power after Lok Sabha polls, adding that Gujarat has shown the way on skill development which will be pursued for the benefit of talented youngsters. At the same time, he picked on the UPA government, saying it had failed to fulfil its promises made to the youths.
“China has taken a big step to capture the job market in the world. But as a youthful nation, we are not visible in the job market. We have to plan a strategy for the youths.” The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate had waded into a foreign policy issue on Saturday when he asked China to shed its “expansionist mindset” while making it clear that no power on earth can snatch Arunachal Pradesh from India.
In the last general budget, the Union government had promised skill development of 10 lakh youths. Till now, they have just given training to 18,000 youths,” Modi said while inaugurating various skill development schemes of Gujarat’s labour and employment department at Mahatma Mandir here.
Modi also launched the “first-of-its-kind” Kaushalya Raths to train youths. The buses have been specially designed to impart training in courses under the Industrial Training Institutes (ITI). The vans will move in interior parts of the state where ITI training centers are not available. Initially, the fleet of several buses will cover areas under Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat districts. The students then will be imparted training in their areas itself.
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“Let the youth dream big and aim for the sky,” Modi said. At the same function to launch the Shram Kaushaly Pancham, Modi gave away certificates to those who have recently finished ITI training. “The word ‘Rath’ makes some people raise their eyebrows. We do not care, they will not understand,” Modi said.
Taking potshots at his political rivals, Modi said, “If we do something, some people lose their sleep. But they don’t ever feel that the whole country is sleepless now only because of them. If I tell the truth, they feel the pain.”
Referring to his government’s work in the skill development sector, Modi said they have launched 165 new Kaushalya Vardhan Kendras (skill development centres), four Kaushalya Raths (mobile skill development centres), e-skill scheme for online training programme and overseas employment centre for guiding youth regarding visa, passport, stamp and travel process. “Even the central government had appreciated skill development scheme of Gujarat government and given award,” he noted while asserting that all the states have to overcome the traditional models. “Gujarat has shown the way, you follow,” he said. “The word ‘Rath’ makes some people raise their eyebrows. We do not care, they will not understand. These Kaushalya Raths will go to the villages so that we don’t need to establish ITI centres. They are our readymade ITI centres.” The work of a government should be to open the doors of opportunity, he said.
State govt announces 27-30% hike in daily wages
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GANDHINAGAR, FEB 24
The Gujarat government on Monday announced 27 to 30 per cent hike in daily wages for various 46 occupations in the ongoing Assembly session. Saurabh Patel, minister of Labour and Employment, announced in the Assembly that the government will soon release a notification in this regard.
According to Patel, average daily wage has now gone up to Rs 275-280 from Rs 215. He said that the minimum daily wage in urban area for skilled workers was now fixed at Rs 293, for semi skilled Rs 284 and unskilled Rs 276. Similarly, in rural areas it will be now Rs 284, Rs 276 and Rs 268, respectively. Patel also said that for a pair of daily wagers engaged in sugarcane cutting and storage, minimum daily wage per tonne has now been fixed to Rs 300 from Rs 170.