Congress Govt Will Enhance Employment Opportunities Through Skill Development In Telangana: Uttam

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Hyderabad : Civil Supplies and Irrigation Minister Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy reaffirmed the Congress Government’s dedication to providing job opportunities for unemployed youth in Telangana through skill development and training.

Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony for a new Industrial Training Institute (ITI) College in Huzurnagar on Wednesday, Uttam Kumar Reddy outlined the Congress Government’s comprehensive plan to improve vocational training and employment prospects.

The new ITI College, which will be established at a cost of Rs 40 crore, aims to address the state’s unemployment crisis. He emphasised that ITIs play a critical role in skill development. The first ITI was established in 1950 by then-Prime Minister Pandit Nehru. Today, there are 13,348 ITIs across India, providing vocational training to around 1.9 million youths in 126 trades.

The minister highlighted that Telangana currently has 63 government ITIs and 212 private ITIs, all affiliated with the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT). These institutions offer training in various engineering and non-engineering trades under the Craftsmen Training Scheme (CTS), producing skilled manpower needed for industrial growth. The syllabi for these trades are formulated by the Director General of Training (DGT) under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India.

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Uttam Kumar Reddy criticised the previous BRS Government for failing to meet the goals of the Telangana movement, which focused on water (Neelu), funds (Nidhulu), and employment (Niyamakalu). He accused the previous BRS regime of mismanaging river resources, wasting thousands of crores of rupees, and neglecting the unemployment issue, resulting in over 40 lakh jobless youths in the state.

Referring to a 2016 report, he said that the BRS Government spent only Rs 16 per student per month on ITI students, far below the NCVT’s recommended Rs 400. This underfunding continued through to the 2023-24 fiscal year, leading to inadequate training and poor infrastructure.

He pointed out that government-owned ITIs have become unproductive, with outdated training failing to provide meaningful employment opportunities. To counter this, he said that the Congress Government plans to upgrade 65 ITIs to Advanced Training Centres (ATCs) at a cost of Rs 2,324 crore. Tata Technologies has partnered with the state government to develop these ATCs, which will introduce nine new long-term and 23 short-term courses starting from the 2024-25 academic year.

“The new ATCs will address these issues by providing modern training facilities. Tata Technologies will build workshops, install machinery, and appoint tutors. This initiative is expected to admit 9,000 candidates annually, with an additional 100,000 youths undergoing short-term training. This effort aims to align the curriculum with industry requirements, providing more employment opportunities for the youth,” he said.

Uttam Kumar Reddy also addressed the need for replacing outdated courses with modern ones to better meet industry demands. In addition to the ITI initiatives, Uttam Kumar Reddy laid the foundation stones for several developmental projects, including the improvement and strengthening of roads in Dondapadu-NH 9 (Rs 20 crore), Huzurnagar-Yatavakila (Rs 20 crore), Chillapally-Somaram (Rs 20 crore), Chilkuru-Jerripothulagudem (Rs 16 crore), and Keethavarigudem-Munagala (Rs 10 crore).

These projects aim to enhance infrastructure and connectivity in the region, contributing to its overall development. Uttam Kumar Reddy reiterated the Congress Government’s commitment to improving the lives of Telangana’s youth through better training and employment opportunities. Nalgonda MP K Raghuveer Reddy and other leaders were also present.

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