need to provide high quality education to the youth and to equip them
with necessary skill-set to enable them to earn their livelihood and
contribute to development process of the country," the minister
Stressing upon the need to bolster skill development infrastructure in India, Sonowal said, "Skills base of India is quite low as compared to other developed economies as just about 10 per cent of workers in the age group of 15-59 have received vocational training and only 2.5 per cent of these have received formal vocational training."
"It is therefore necessary to enhance skill development infrastructure in a manner that all those who enter the labour force acquire relevant skills before-hand which would require major scaling up of current infrastructure."
With a view to motivate the youth to become entrepreneurs, the Minister said, "We need to create right conditions and provide all necessary support for promotion of business enterprises in the country."
Promotion of healthy lifestyle and sports amid youth through proper healthcare facilities is another priority of the Government for the youth, he added.
In his address at the ASSOCHAM conclave, Rajeev Gupta, Secretary, Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry said, "The department has proposed to set up a National Youth Development Fund (NYDF) to create a vehicle for taking innovative initiatives for the youth."
"The fund is proposed to be set up with initial contributions from the Government, but we expect that corporate will contribute to this fund from their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) allocations," added Gupta.
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