New Delhi:The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that destiny of the nation is charted by its youth. He was addressing the National Conference on Jobs & Livelihood Creation – Critical Growth Enablers, organized by the NITI Aayog and the CII, here today. The Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayat Raj and Mines, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, the Minister of State (I/C) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Giriraj Singh, the CEO of NITI Aayog, Shri Amitabh Kant and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The Vice President said that there is a need to create appropriate opportunities to harness youth potential. He further said that Good education, training in tune with industry requirements, social safety net, health facilities and buoyant labour market are crucial for individual’s gainful employment. India’s demographic advantage is an opportunity to access gainful employment through appropriate skilling not just to meet the domestic requirements but also the requirements of the aging economies of the world, he added.
The Vice President said education is an important way to empower people socially, economically, politically, and culturally. He further said that education is the first critical growth enabler – a pre-requisite for enhanced livelihood opportunities and acquisition of knowledge, enhancement of skills and development of attitudes and values. Education is not only for getting employment, but also for the overall development of an individual, he added.
The Vice President said that governments must ensure the youth must be trained to take opportunities and get ready for the job market. He further said that there is a need to equip them with the entrepreneurial skills to become ‘job creators’. Industries also must come forward to give training and generate employment to youth, he added.
The Vice President said that unemployment and underemployment are a formidable challenge that needs attention of every citizen. He called on Private sector participation for faster implementation of government’s employment generation programs. Building a rich human capital, encouraging private investors, focusing on sectors that have greater growth potential and anticipating the future trends in the global geo politics, and preparing adequately to take advantage of the emerging opportunities can make a big difference, he added.