The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said that skill development should become a national mission.
Shri Naidu stressed on the need to work as a team to build a stronger India, a more developed India, an India that was capable of defending itself against hostile forces and disruptive designs.
The world and especially South East Asia has numerous problems like poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and low employable skills. We should wage a war against these, he added.
Calling youth the agents for transformation, the Vice President asked the youth to upgrade their skill sets by using the opportunities made available by the government such as Skill India, Digital India, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna and others that were aimed at empowering youth to match the needs of the 21st century job market.
The Vice President called on the private sector to support government’s efforts in building up the skills of youth in India, especially the ones living in rural areas.
Expressing concern over the rising urban-rural divide, Shri Naidu wanted united efforts by all agencies including the private sector to create healthcare, rural employment, skill training facilities at rural areas at par with the urban areas.
Shri Naidu said that moving forward, India should train the youth and children on rural crafts by way of vocational training and empowering them to stand on their own. This will also create the possibility of large-scale self-employment in rural and urban areas.