Telangana is one of the rapidly growing states in the country and its capital city of Hyderabad has emerged as a major IT hub. The state government is focusing on employment generation by zeroing-in on specifi c sectors. Dr. Rajat Kumar, Principal Secretary, Labour, Employment, Training and Factories Department, gives insight on the state’s potential areas in an exclusive interview with Sudheer Goutham of Elets News Network (ENN).
Tell us about the growth story of Telangana state through skill development and employment training?
Besides IT and ITES (Information Technology Enabled Services), health and construction sector have seen major growth in the state as a result of intensive skill training initiatives taken up by the Telangana government. Many of the ministries have taken up skill development programmes simultaneously on their own. For instance, Rural Development Department identifi es capable youth and trains them in skills that suit the rural sector. At the apex level, a body, the Telangana Skill Development Mission has been created with Hon’ble Chief Minister as its Chairman, that works with partner training institutions. Also, Telangana Academy for Skill & Knowledge (TASK) and T-Hub has been established for IT skill development and IT entrepreneurship. Under state labour department we have modular employability skills training that continued till recently and also in the Prime Minister’s programme on entrepreneurship number of schemes have been launched through which we are fulfi lling domestic demand and also becoming international feeder, given the quality and on-job training given here.
Telangana holds great potential of supplying skills as we are already delivering human force with good skills in places like Middle East countries and Singapore. We want to extend it further.
Did the state government give any mandate to the labour department in particular for generating employment, as it was one of the primary promises of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party’s poll manifesto?
Yes, one of the TRS’s major promises was employment creation and skill development. It was this need which led to the formation of Telangana state that rooted from decades old exploitation under several external forces. However, not just the labour department or the ministry in particular, other ministries were given mandates for employment creation and skill development programmes which are specifi c. Skill development covers a whole gamut of sectors. To avoid duplication of training, track the status of the individuals after training and improve on other parameters, Skill Development Ministry was created by Government of India. Labour Department as the state nodal agency for these programmes liaisons with Center to get convergence of various programmes regionally.
What are the other areas in focus of the state government for job creation?
Hyderabad has the advantage of having near 100 national and international training and research institutes including ICRISAT, CCMB, NIN, DRDO, National Academy of Construction and many other private institutes. The Government is taking full advantage of these institutions. Potential areas like construction sector that covers a wide-range of skilled workers including construction, plumbing, carpentry, glass, electrical work and others that need specialised skills; health sector with great demand of skilled nurses, paramedics and doctors in the backdrop of rapidly growing health sector for economic healthcare; manufacturing sector- besides IT, ITEs, electronics, pharmaceuticals, aeronautical, automobile among others that require skilled workers are in focus of the state government. In the process, we are encouraging the employers through tie ups to come and participate in the skill training of individuals. Major thrust is on on-job-training as every employer has their own requirements. Fortunately, many of the employers are in and around Hyderabad only.