Ministries oppose skill dept in fear of fund cut

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After Narendra Modi’s sworn in as Prime Minister, the first ever problem has occurred when the ministries plan to fight back on Narendra Modi’s decision for separate skill development and entrepreneurship department.  The reason being, fear of major cut in their funds if the plan is approved.

The skill development happens to be a massive government programme with an annual allocation of about Rs 5,000 crore.  The funds and works are spread over 11 ministries including HRD, labour and rural development that often end up working at cross purposes.

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The new government wants to put all skill development schemes under a new department of the youth and sports affairs ministry. A senior government official stated that the secretariat decides on allocation of work to ministries on directions of the PMO.

The ministries hold back is that taking away skill development from them would not work unless the state government also implements a similar single window mechanism. The states alike the centre implement skill development programmes through different departments.

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