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Apex industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) has offered to be partnering in creating jobs within Chhattisgarh and also bring affordable technologies for the on-farming processing technologies for value addition in agriculture sector and to double income of farmers.

ASSOCHAM’s newly elected President Sandeep Jajodia along DS Rawat, Secretary General and UK Joshi, Director ASSOCHAM called on Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday and agreed to adopt ‘skills centres’ in the State, an ASSOCHAM press release informed.

The chamber would also be holding a national summit on ‘Investment opportunities in Chhattisgarh’ to be inaugurated by the Chief Minister in early July in New Delhi this year focussing on food processing, minor forestry, macro & small industries development, skilling, solar power and water management etc.

ASSOCHAM has suggested government to ensure providing top quality crop seeds through credit-linked subsidy schemes, proper management of water resources, increasing the minimum support price (MSP) to protect interests of farmer community among others, promoting organic farming, extending agricultural loans at easy interest rates, creating infrastructure of warehouses to store agricultural produce, training farmers to use latest technologies.

Jajodia said, “Chhattisgarh is one of India’s few states with good and adequate power availability and it is a major core sector which has pioneered the state in thermal power generation”.

There is a need to create favorable investment environment to increase industrial production and create employment opportunities across the state. Besides, the state government needs to meet requirement of a congenial incentive policy and extend robust infrastructure support to lure domestic and foreign investments in potential priority industries, he said.

ASSOCHAM has also mentioned there is huge scope for setting up heavy, medium and small-scale mineral based industries in Chhattisgarh as the state is known for 28 different varieties of minerals including precious stones, diamonds, iron ore, coal, limestone, dolomite, tin ore, bauxite, gold and others, Jajodia said.

ASSOCHAM has also called for an urgent need to bolster infrastructure across the state. Besides, there is significant need to promote renewable energy sources especially solar power, offer tax rebates and subsidies to private sector for setting up power plants across the state and encourage use of energy saving appliances, the press release stated.

The other suggestions include improving affordable healthcare, effective implementation of education schemes, and developing of mineral-based, agro-based, manufacturing units, etc, it stated.

Since Chhattisgarh is endowed with huge mineral deposits, the state government should take steps to promote such industries to enhance employment opportunities for state’s backward classes.

Considering that Chhattisgarh contributes about 28 per cent of India’s total sponge iron production, thus the state has great potential to lure investments from major sponge iron and steel making companies and the government needs to develop a conducive environment for that. Developing and promoting mining based industries would help Chhattisgarh earn royalty from mineral extractions which is critically important for financing various socio-welfare policies of the state, the press release stated.

The state needs to further simplify its policy for interest subsidy and fixed capital investment subsidy for micro, small and medium industries to attract new investments in potential sectorsit stated.

High-speed access corridors should be developed to link economic clusters including industrial areas, commercial centres and agricultural mandis to ensure further development of the state, said ASSOCHAM.

Meanwhile, on the other hand, the Chhattisgarh Government had been aggressively seeking private sector participation for imparting skill development training to the youth in Livelihood colleges of the State, officials informed.

There is limited participation of the private sector in skill development space in Chhattisgarh, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) had observed in its recent study report last year.

Notably, the NSDC had got carried out a ‘skill gap study’ for the State of Chhattisgarh’ recently.

The NSDC in its recommendation had advised the State government to form ‘State-level Industry-Vocational Education Council’ in collaboration with existing industry bodies.

Under the tie-up, the industry bodies could be tasked with facilitation of industry participation in design and delivery of courses and skill development programmes, it has advised.

It also recommended Employee satisfaction survey with on/off campus companies.

The NSDC advised facilitation of two-way sabbatical /exchange programme between industry and ITIs to address issue of industry orientation of faculty.

District-level incremental manpower requirements estimation indicates that the districts of Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Korba and Raigarh account for around 47 per cent of the manpower requirement with most incremental demand to be generated in sectors such as Agriculture, manufacturing( mineral and metal based), building an construction, mining and quarrying and trade ( wholesale and retail), it had observed in its report.

In terms of manpower supply, the estimated incremental supply over the aforesaid period is around 34.27 lakh.The proportion of incremental supply of skilled manpower is 55 per cent compared to 27 per cent of semi skilled and 18 per cent of skilled manpower ( 2012-22).

During the period 2012-22, the incremental demand supply of the State to be a surplus of about 3.83 lakhs i.e. the State will have excess of incremental manpower supply. While a shortage of manpower is likely to be expected across semi-skilled (0.72 lakhs) segment, an excess supply is estimated in the skilled (1.34 lakhs) and minimally skilled (3.21 lakhs segment), it observed.

Meanwhile, for all-round development of college students, the State Government will be launching ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Jeevan Kaushal Vikas Karyakram’ (Chief Minister Life Skills Development Programme) for College Youth).

This programme will be started from upcoming academic session, officials informed.

It is noteworthy that objective of this scheme is to enhance employability of college students, and improve their confidence level as well as creative competitive skills.

Under this scheme, students will be trained in English language, computer education and behavioural skills. This will improve their employability to greater extent. This scheme will be implemented under National Higher Education Campaign.

As per the instructions of State Government, implementation of this scheme will commence from upcoming academic session, for which State Project Office has issued necessary guidelines to all the Collectors under National Higher Education Campaign.

The Chhattisgarh government would also be setting up a Project Management Unit (PMU) for proper implementation of the ‘Mukhya Mantri Yuva Swavalamban Yojana’.

The project is a major initiative taken by Chhattisgarh government to improve placement rates of fresh college graduates of three and four year degree courses in IT and ITeS sectors, officials informed.

The program envisages providing training to students in such areas of aptitude that are required to successfully navigate the selection process of IT and BPM employers and secure placement. The training will be designed with a view to imparting in-demand skills and abilities in contemporary employment market.

The training will be delivered by leading trainers who will also make necessary arrangements for the employment opportunities for placing a minimum of 60% of the total students undergoing the training program.

Notably, the Chhattisgarh Infotech and Biotech Promotion Society (CHiPS), the nodal agency of Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology, Government of Chhattisgarh recently invited technical and financial proposals from reputed Consultants of National and International repute to act as the Project Management Unit (PMU) and undertake responsibility of implementing the “Mukhya Mantri Yuva Swavalamban Yojana”.

The Chhattisgarh government will also soon launch an “Online Learning Platform” (OLP) to enable imparting of ‘Virtual Education’ in the State .The Chhattisgarh Infotech & Biotech Promotion Society (CHiPS), the nodal agency of Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology of the State government will be implementing the project, officials informed.

The OLP– a web-based software application for learning management will be deployed at Chhattisgarh State Data Centre in Raipur.

The services from the Online Learning Platform are to be provided to Schools, ITIs and Common Service Centres (CSCs) and to the students studying in various schools and colleges in Chhattisgarh.

It may be recalled that the State government had also recently launched an online portal for enabling online admissions in more than 214 colleges including universities in Chhattisgarh.

Notably, the State Higher Education Department in collaboration with CHiPS has developed a software titled ‘Software Empowerment through Technology Utilization)’ (SETU) which would enable online admissions in colleges.

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