Ministry of Textiles has made clear that apparel manufacturing industry itself has to increase its focus on skill development. The Government will not increase incentives for training workers as demanded by the industry.
Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce & Industries, Textiles said this, at a recent press conference, in response to a question raised by Apparel Resources that Indian apparel manufacturers strongly feel that proper training cost of an operator is almost 3 times higher than cost of machines, and that Government policies regarding skill development need to be more flexible.
“Subsidy or incentive will not work more and industry should take skill development as a challenge. Ministry of Skill Development and The Ministry of Education are working together and with new education policy, we are motivating young students to pursue their passion,” said the Minister in reply to the question raised by Apparel Resources.
It is worth mentioning here that Ministry of Textiles is running a major scheme for skill development, namely Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS). The Central Government provides a grant subsidy to the extent of 75 per cent of product cost with a ceiling of Rs. 10,000 per trainee. In some job roles, the amount is little higher also.
Apart from Government’s support, various organisations are also supporting training activities through their CSR efforts.
As per official data, so far 1.1 million persons have been trained in diverse segments of textiles under the comprehensive ISDS since the financial year 2010-11 to 2017-18. Out of these, 8.43 lakh (75.6 per cent) persons have been employed.
“Either the Government should fully reimburse the training cost or not give any subsidy regarding skill development. Industry will not invest in skill development, until a person is getting free training and job following the training; factories also get some amount to train that person. And industry is also capable of managing skill development,” said a top official, associated with the skill development regarding apparel industry, who didn’t wish to be quoted.