Skill Development in Aspirational Districts
NITI Aayog has identified 117 districts to ensure the transformation of under-developed pockets of India on the objective criteria pertaining to education, health & nutrition, financial inclusion & skill development, agriculture & water resources and basic infrastructure. In the skill sector, five indicators that summarize the aspects of accessibility, quality, equity and relevance of coordinated skill development efforts in the country are being monitored real time to ensure transformation of aspirational districts. The key performance indicators are available on the live dashboard - ‘Champions of Change.’
The vertical is working with various stakeholders and agencies in the aspirational districts to impart skill training to the youth, ensure certification and employment opportunities for trained youth. Special emphasis is laid on youth from the vulnerable/ marginalized sections of the society. Partner organisations such as L&T Ltd., Friends’ Union for Energizing Lives (FUEL) and Lupin Foundation. FUEL through its Career Guidance and Skilling Centres (CGSC) is providing one-to-one solutions for employment and entrepreneurship and also organising career fests and job fairs in aspirational districts of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. L&T ltd. has set-up Skill Development Centres in Baran district of Rajasthan and Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh, where it is imparting skill training in the trades of masonry, bar bending and form work. L&T would be adopting ITIs in certain districts where it would undertake activities such as designing the course curriculum, training of trainers, developing course content such as e-manuals etc. Adopt Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in consultation with State Govt. Lupin Foundation is providing skill training in the trade of data entry operator, mobile repairing, two wheeler repairing, sewing, data entry etc. in Dholpur, Vidisha and Nandurbar districts.
In pursuance to the recommendations of the Task Force on Improving Employment Data, NITI Aayog has started an initiative to report the progress made in formal employment using measurable data from administrative records. Payroll reporting for formal sector has been introduced for the first time in India to facilitate analysis of new and continuing employment. Data of Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) and National Pension Scheme (NPS) is cleaned, aggregated and made available on their websites for public consumption. The Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI) is creating a consolidated payroll report by taking the data from these three sources. This report presents the number of new subscribers who have availed benefits under three major schemes, namely, the Employees’ Provident Fund, Employees’ State Insurance Scheme and the National Pension Scheme.
Collation of Employment Data for Professional Bodies
NITI Aayog, in consultation with the Ministry of Programme & Implementation and Ministry of Labour & Employment is developing a methodology for collation of employment data from professional bodies such as those of architects, engineers, charted accountants, lawyers etc. to come up with improved estimations for employment in the formal sector in India. NITI Aayog is working towards collation of periodic updates of employment data from these organisations.