New Delhi, May 14 (UNI) Emphasising that Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) will go a long way in reaping the demographic dividend in the country, Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said GSDP aims to get 80,000 people imparted with green skills and filling gaps in the environment sector.

Speaking after launching the mobile App of GSDP here on Monday, the Minister pointed out that more than 30 programmes have been identified, which would be conducted in 84 institutions across the country, a Ministry statement said.

He also stressed that such an initiative would complement the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of skilling India’s youth and strengthening the resolve to conserve and protect the environment.

He said the number of people to be employed under GSDP would be increased to cover 2.25 lakh people next year and to about five lakh people by the year 2021.

Recalling his positive experience from the interactions with the people who underwent training as part of the pilot project during his recent visit to Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata, Dr Harsh Vardhan underlined that those who imparted the training skills and those who received it were highly enthused.

“The programme will be modified and strengthened from time to time”, he averred.

Senior Economic Advisor, MoEF&CC, Dr Anandi Subramanian said that 31 percent of children were dropouts from school after the secondary stage itself.

She said that skill development is one of the key priorities of the government, with the objective to develop skill sets with employability linkage.

Dr Subramanian said while there was a need for skilled workforce, there was also a shortage of middle-level workforce.

Source: May 14, 2018, United News of India