Women constitute only 14 per cent of the total entrepreneurs in the country. Women in rural areas face multiple barriers to pursuing income-generating activities, with patriarchal family and societal norms being the primary hurdle.
Of the 13,353 operational ITIs today — from just 6,906 in 2009 — about 11,000 are privately run, with this segment growing annually at the rate of 15 per cent. Accreditation qualifies ITI operators to access funds under the government’s skilling programme.
Out of a total of 507 workers that were pre-assessed and 316 workers recommended for training, only 181 workers appeared for final assessment while 174 workers passed, largely due to a trend of leaving the designated site to other sites for better wages.