About 24 lakh unemployed youths would be imparted job-oriented training in the next three years under the Uttar Pradesh Skill Development Mission. The training programmes to be initiated in the State-run Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) would entail an expenditure of Rs. 4,200 crore from 2014-15 to 2016-17.

The Mission was launched by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav here on Saturday. About 600 trades have been selected under the Mission.

The foundation stone of 34 ITI, costing about Rs. 166 crore, was also laid by Mr. Yadav. Speaking on the occasion, he advocated the entry of private players for imparting better skills to the youth which would enable them to seek better job opportunities. Hinting that the old system of training was not in sync with the changing times, he said if the youths are given the right type of training their skill can be better utilised in a host of jobs.

“Not only would it enable them to improve their financial position, the State and country will also benefit in the economic sphere,” Mr. Yadav said.

Referring to the rapid expansion in the service sector of economy, he said trained workforce would be needed in the retail trade and information technology.

Mr. Yadav stressed on the need of imparting the right type of trade-specific training to the jobless youth.

Mr. Yadav said creation of new job opportunities has been prioritised, adding that about 20,000 youths have been employed under different schemes of the Heath Department. This apart; new medical colleges, the Metro project at Lucknow and the IT City to be developed near here would create more job avenues, he said. He said the Centre had lauded the new poultry policy and the dairy development schemes of the State.

Letters of Invitation were handed over to five training instructors who are among the 42 selected under the Mission. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with fabric marketer and retailer Raymond Limited for setting up five tailoring training centres in the State. Prior to the launch of the Uttar Pradesh Skill Development Mission, the Uttar Pradesh Sanskrit Sansathan awards for the year 2008 were handed over to the winners by Mr. Yadav.