Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid emphasis on skill development in the country saying it is a national requirement and a major foundation for Atmanirbhar Bharat. Addressing the youth on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day and 6th Anniversary of Skill India Mission, Mr. Modi said, when a society focuses on the skills of the youth, the whole nation benefits from it. He stressed the need to give impetus to the Skill India Mission by adding full strength to the new institutions that were formed in the last six years. He expressed happiness that more than 1.25 crore young persons have been trained under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna. The Prime Minister said that India providing smart and skilled man-power solutions to the world should be at the core of the country’s strategy of skilling youth. He appreciated the step of global skill gap mapping and exhorted the stakeholders to continuously skill, re-skill and up-skill.
Mr. Modi said, India’s skilled workforce helped the country to fight against the pandemic and the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic have increased the importance of World Youth Skill Day. The Prime Minister also emphasized that the learning should not be limited to earning and people must re-skill and up-skill themselves from time to time. He underlined the importance of skills in the Indian culture and stressed the link between the importance given to skill development and up-skilling and progress of the society.
Mr. Modi also dwelt on the traditions of celebrating skills like Vijayadashmi, Akshya Tritiya and Vishvakarma Pujan where skills and the vocational implements are worshipped. Citing these traditions, the Prime Minister called for due regard for skilled professions including carpenters, potters, metal workers, sanitation workers, horticulture workers and weavers.
While referring to the vision of Dr B. R. Ambedkar, who placed great emphasis on skilling the weaker sections, he said, today, through skilled India, the country is making full efforts to fulfill his vision.