The first meeting of the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Skill Development was held yesterday in NITI Aayog, New Delhi. The Sub-Group was constituted as per decision taken in the first meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog chaired by the Prime Minister on 8th February, 2015. The Sub-Group consists of 11 Chief Ministers as Members. The Chief Minister of Punjab, Shri Prakash Singh Badal is the Convenor of this Sub-Group. The Chief Ministers of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Minister of Employment, Technical Education & Training for Odisha attended the 1st Meeting along with representatives of Goa, Meghalaya, Puducherry and Tripura. Member of NITI Aayog Shri V.K.Saraswat and other senior officials were also present at the meeting.
The meeting discussed various aspects related to promotion of skill development and creation of skilled manpower within the States. Strengthening the State Skill Development Missions, expanding the outreach of skilling in demographically advantageous States, hilly/ difficult areas, increasing the private sector participation, improving the quality of training, addressing the shortage of trainers, advocacy and awareness generation, improving career guidance, sharing of best practices of States/ UTs were some of the major issues discussed.
It was decided to hold consultations with relevant Central Ministries and regional consultations with members/other States to obtain inputs for drafting the report .