Coonoor (TN): To tackle shortage of skilled labour, the Centre will start 1,500 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the country in the 12th Five Year Plan, Union labour and employment minister, Mallikarjuna Kharge said on Sunday.
Youths with a minimum qualification would be trained in these institutes, so that the requirements of different sectors could be met, Kharge said.
Students at ITI Gurgaon. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
The government has also proposed to start 5,000 skill development councils, concentrating in rural areas, the minister said.
Later, inaugurating the Annual Conference of United Planters Association of Southern India (UPASI), Kharge attributed the labour shortage in agriculture sector to the transition of economy from agriculture to industry.
“The new generation of farmers or agricultural labourers are not interested in working in agricultural sector and want to do skilled or technical jobs, reflecting in further shortage,” the minister said.
As far as the Plantation Labour Act of 1951 was concerned, though it was amended in 2010, it did not find favour with the management, workers or trade unions, Kharge said and asked the stakeholders to come out with suggestions so that there could be a solution.
“It is the responsibility of government, management and workers to create a good environment in any sector,” he said.