The Government of India has decided to set-up 1500 Multi Skill Training Institutes across the country for which Rs 1,700 crore has been set aside in the Union Budget 2016-17. Announcing this in his Budget Speech in the Parliament today, Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley said that it is the endeavour of the Government to bring entrepreneurship to the doorstep of youth through Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).
The Finance Minister said that Skill India Mission seeks to capitalise our demographic advantage. Since its launch, the National Skill Development Mission has created an elaborate skilling eco-system and imparted training to 76 lakh youth. He said that we have decided to set-up a National Board for Skill Development Certification in partnership with the industry and academia .We propose to further scale- up PMKVY to skill one crore youth over the next three years, the minister said.
The Finance Minister also said that entrepreneurship, education and training will be provided in 2200 colleges, 300 schools, 500 government ITIs and 50 Vocational Training Centres through Massive Open Online Courses. Aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly those from remote areas, will be connected to mentors and credit markets.
In another important announcement, Jaitley said that in order to incentivise creation of new jobs in the formal sector, the Government will pay the Employee Pension Scheme contribution of 8.33 per cent for all new employees enrolling in EPFO for the first three years of their employment. The Scheme will be applicable to those with salary up to Rs15,000 per month and a budget provision of Rs 1000 crore has been made for this.
Further, the Finance Bill, 2016 proposes to broaden and liberalise the scope of the employment generation incentive available under section 80JJAA of the Income Tax Act.
A National Career Service was launched in July, 2015. Already 35 million jobs seekers have registered on this platform. In the new Budget, the Government has proposed to make 100 Model Career Centres operational by the end of 2016-17. It also proposes to inter-link State Employment Exchanges with the National Career Service platform.