The Jagan Mohan Reddy government has fulfilled one of its biggest poll promises by passing a bill in the Assembly to reserves 75 per cent jobs factories for Andhra Pradesh (AP) youths, making it the first state in the country to introduce such a provision in the private sector. Jagan has assured massive job creation in the state of Andhra Pradesh and aims to fulfil this through his 75 per cent Masterstroke.
This bold and ambitious move will enable job seekers in the state to gain the skills required to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment. This new policy will be a great boon not just for new job starters, but also for those re-entering the workforce, retraining for a new job or upgrading their skills for an existing job. At the same time, it will stem the flow of educated youth migrating to cities like Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and even abroad for employment.
‘‘It is time for the industry to respond positively with fresh investments to the Chief Minister’s ambitious goals and provide support to the state in improving the educational opportunities and employment skills for the youth.’’
The whole country is facing the challenge of unemployment and under this situation, such ingenious policies and visionary leadership is the need of the hour. However, massive resentment is being expressed by various business forums and leading personalities against this new law on the grounds that this will dissuade industrialists and large business houses from investing in the state of AP. This is ironical as the same industrialists simultaneously complain about the lack of trained and skilled manpower in the state as a reason for not setting up new industries and factories. Regardless, Jagan has assured the industry that his government will extend every possible help to them.
Unfortunately, in the past our education system was not adequately linked with employability and created roadblocks for the state to move forward. It has grossly failed to meet challenges in the technical and vocational education and training sector and has not managed to improve the quality of training delivery to meet the local and international demand for a skilled workforce. However, this policy has the necessary ingredients to succeed as it creates a conducive atmosphere to promote public-private partnerships and to work in close collaboration with industry and provincial governments to become a catalyst for vocational training.
The effective rollout of this policy combined with new skills development programs must continue to remain at the top of Jagan’s agenda to ensure they continue to mobilise the states youth and provide them with a conducive learning environment so that they are in a better position to explore their abilities and skills.
It is time for the industry to respond positively with fresh investments to the Chief Minister’s ambitious goals and provide support to the state in improving the educational opportunities and employment skills for the youth. In fact, implementation of similar policies in other states will further bolster growth and get India in ready to compete on the world stage.