About 15 years back I was travelling from Hyderabad and was waiting in an airport lounge with my brother, who was director protocol with the government of Hyderabad. I was lucky to meet a former principal secretary to the Prime Minister of India. At that point of time the debate about the pros and cons of India being a signatory to the WTO was a very widely discussed and a topic to be ponder upon.

We were discussing and one of the point raised by me is how to impart skill to the people so that they can be contributor in nation building and value creation. We discussed that it will take time, resource and energy to provide skills. Issue was how to do that? Who will absorb them? Do we have sufficient time? Is it doable? Dependency upon agriculture is reducing, I am not sure if it is due to WTO or otherwise. Today we have large work force waiting to be employed and agriculture cannot employ them.

Government initiated minimum guaranteed hours of work, irrespective of capability, skill and the purpose. Govt is running more this as its social responsibility rather than value creation. Public money is being used to dig the water hole and to fill the same. Probably workers and the systems managing them is happy as they get their bread so that at least suicide can be minimized or at best can be avoided.

Fortunately after 15 years there is a clear need to impart training and skills. The creation of NSDC is a step in that direction. Creation of a ministry to promote skills is commendable. The participation of private player in imparting skills is worthy of appreciation.

Today the grown up and smart India is looking for people. There is acute shortage of facility managers and security people at every level. Business is suffering, laws are getting twisted to fill the gap. Where is the skills? Who are being trained? Where the money is going? How to deal with this?

India is getting prepared for advanced defense technology, newer methods of supplying product, challenging book keeping, well informed clients and cut throat completion. I was talking to my son who loves to purchase by internet, was telling me the rule of the game is speed!

Does this mean we need more drivers? Does this mean we need efficient accountants who can run the book keeping? Do we need customer care officer who can deal with huge army of households’ clients? Do we need scientist and engineers? Do we need people supporting the R&D. Do we need advanced training center?

We need much more than above? Private players’ needs a workable business plans. Government incentive will play a very limited role. The poor needs to be trained and absorbed?  We need to find ways where private players take interest and initiative to venture in to this sector? The poor probably cannot pay? It is the corporate, the clients, and the infrastructure that need to pay.

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