FICCI organises 3rd Rajasthan Skills Summit
Jaipur: While speaking as Chief Guest at the 3rd Rajasthan Skills Summit organised by FICCI today, Rajeeva Swarup, Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan acknowledged the fact that these are testing and unprecedented times for all of us. Government is aware about the challenges faced by the industries due to the lockdown and phased unlocking and would facilitate industries to restore normalcy in times to come, he added.
He mentioned that every adversity also presents certain opportunities and we are determined to leverage our strengths with innovation and better management to emerge stronger than before. The Self-reliant India campaign cannot be achieved only through technological advancements but must be supplemented with skilled human resource for creating globally competitive products and services, he added. He also mentioned about the initiative of recognising prior learning and reskilling – upskilling of migrant workers who have returned to the state and align them to the industry requirements.
Niraj K Pawan, Secretary – Labour, Skill, Employment & Entrepreneurship and Chairman, RSLDC mentioned about the four key initiatives taken by the State Government to bridge the skill gap and create employment opportunities for the youth in the state:
• Formation of Raj Kaushal portal with data of around 52 lakh labourers and 11 lakh industries. He mentioned that data cleansing and updation is going on continuously and shared that 2000 job opportunities have been uploaded by the industries and around 4000 labourers are also being considered for jobs. The portal has seen around 1.5 lakh visits till date.
• Allowing large industries, industry associations and universities to directly enter into an understanding with RSLDC and impart skills training
• RTD (Recruit – Train – Deploy) Model for industries wherein industries can hire people and subsequently impart skills to them
• Recognition of prior learning and skilling through short term courses for migrant labours by Government of India. The data of migrant labours have been uploaded on Government of India portal and 22 districts where migrant workers are more than 25,000, this will start from 16th July 2020
Dilip Chenoy, Secretary General, FICCI mentioned that Covid has impacted the skilling sector in multiple ways. The training providers should be supported to survive, revive and thrive. Similarly, this new way of working from home opens new avenues for many who were otherwise not part of the workforce especially women and those who cannot travel for some reasons. This calls for reimaging the skilling system to cater to their requirements. He also suggested that the digital infrastructure reaches to every part of the state with suitable bandwidth to develop a combination of physical and digital ecosystem for skilling.
Lalit K Panwar, Vice Chancellor, Rajasthan ILD Skills University said that our university is the first Govt Skills University in the country. He talked about the “Catch Them Young”, Skilling at School level and college level only so that students can join skilling programmes during education only. Due to Covid physical skilling has stopped and we need to focus on the digital skilling programmes, he added.
Ashok Kajaria, Chairman, FICCI Rajasthan State Council & CMD, Kajaria Ceramics Ltd in his welcome remarks called for collective efforts to put economy back on track. The ambitious programme on Atmanirbhar Bharat also calls for making local products global. This has got many subsets like manufacturing competitiveness, import substitution, value for money, etc, he added.
Ashok Varma, Partner – Social Sector Advisory, PwC India during his presentation on the Theme of the Programme “ Skilling for Value Addition –The Cornerstone for Self-reliant India” mentioned the Pillars of Self Reliant India as Economy, Infrastructure, Systems, Demography and Demand. As per him, productivity growth is the key factor for lasting income growth and prosperity. He mentioned that the labour productivity per hour in developed countries is significantly higher when compared to the emerging economies and among the emerging economies, China has been the front-runner in labour productivity growth, closely followed by India. Moving towards a self-reliant India, shall require banking on strong industries and enhancing productivity within them through Skill Development, he added.
Sunil Kumar Yadav, Chairman, FICCI Rajasthan Sub-Committee on HR & Skills mentioned that post Lockdown, while on one hand one has to deal with Covid-19 infections related precautions for manufacturing, which should be standardised and will take relatively shorter time to get used to, the real challenge will be to deal with subdued Consumer Demand. To help revive demand, it might take whatever time to get back to normal, but Enterprises also have to develop ability to offer better value to Consumers at lesser volumes. Now, this will be possible only through achieving Global Quality and Productivity levels, which is also the only Route to achieve '"Self-Reliant India" Vision.
N K Jain, Chairman, FICCI Rajasthan Sub-Committee on MSMEs delivered Vote of Thanks and emphasised on the need for taking pride in ourselves fostering innovations and entrepreneurship.
The programme also featured Panel Discussion on Skilling vis-à-vis Self-Reliant India Perspective and Benchmarks - Way Forward Ideas. It was Moderated by Nikunj Sanghi, Chairman, Automotive Skills Development Council and Panelists included S S Pabla, Pro Chancellor, Bhartiya Skill Development University; S N Modani, Managing Director & CEO, Sangam (India) Ltd; F R Singhvi, Joint Managing Director, Sansera Engineering Ltd; Jaikant Singh, Senior Head - State Governments & Citizen Engagement, National Skill Development Corporation and Vikas Bhatia, Head – CSR, Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd.
Over 450 delegates participated in Virtual Conference.