Skill Development Mission is a national scheme. Its aim is to provide support to the youth of the states enabling them to learn skills for earning a living. This is part of unemployment reducing exercise. However, our State was not provided funding while it provided skill to 100 students under this scheme. So far 1050 skilled youth have been provided jobs through mega Job Melas in Srinagar and Jammu recently.
Replying to a question in the upper house of the legislature, the Minister for Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports said that no funds have been allocated to the State during the previous two years under National Skill Development Mission (NSDM). However, separately the department has trained 100 youth in different trades and 510 youth are under training in various ITIs in convergence with other departments/organizations which are not covered under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY). We are somewhat surprised that the Centre has been laying full stress on providing skills to the youth to make them become self employed. But why the state should be deprived of the support which should have come under the PMKVY? We do not find any reason for the Central Government to neglect our State. In view of the fact that a large number of youth are able to fend for themselves and not dependent on Government jobs which are not forthcoming that easy, we expect the Union Government to provide the Skill Development Mission of the State adequate funds to continue with its activity of providing skill to the youth of the State.