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Government fails to allot land for skill development centres

Special Correspondent

Technical skills will be imparted to youth at the centres


Labour and Employment Ministry proposes to establish SDCs in Bangalore and Gulbarga

Rs. 100 crore has been set aside for the purpose. However, it will lapse if it is not used this fiscal


GULBARGA: The Centre has sanctioned skill development centres (SDC) in Bangalore and Gulbarga but the Government is yet to allot land for the purpose.

The Union Government had decided to establish SDCs across the country to impart technical skills to the educated, unemployed youth in order to make them more employable through the specially designed skill development programmes.

Although the decision to launch the SDCs was taken in 2010-11, official sources said here recently that the Union Government proposed to establish the centres in 2011-12 after allocating funds for the purpose in the budget.

Union Labour and Employment Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge persuaded the Centre to sanction two SDCs to Karnataka on pilot basis and earmarked Rs. 100 crore for them from the funds available under different programmes in the Ministry.

Initially, the State Government welcomed the proposals and assured that the required land for the SDCs in Bangalore and Gulbarga would be provided at the earliest. The Union Government had sought 20 acres of land in Gulbarga and 10 acres of land in Bangalore for establishing the centres.

The then Minister for Medical Education Ramachandra Gowda had announced during the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the proposed Medical Education Complex and ESIC Super Speciality Hospital in Gulbarga University that the 20 acres land sought for the SDC would be sanctioned.

Sources said the Labour and Employment Ministry had sent a detailed letter demanding the land and other facilities. However, the State Government has not responded to repeated reminders by Mr. Kharge to allot land for establishing SDCs. In Gulbarga, the Government had identified 20 acres of land but it has not been transferred to the Labour and Employment Ministry. If Rs. 100 crore earmarked for setting up two SDCs in the State is not used this fiscal, it will lapse, according to official sources.

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