Gandhinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched a veiled attack on the Congress Wednesday, saying the Narendra Modi government “did in five years what other governments could not do in 50”.
“Whenever I am questioned about the rise in unemployment, I have only one question — what did your government do for the youth of the country?” Shah asked.
Shah later also questioned the Congress for India’s slow economic growth post-Independence. “The Congress took the country’s economy to $2 trillion in the 70 years after Independence, but the Narendra Modi-led government has been able to take the $2 trillion economy to $3 trillion in five years,” he said.
He also blamed the global economic downturn for the sharp decline in India’s growth.
Shah was speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Indian Institute of Skills (officially stylised as ‘IISs’) in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar. The IISs has been set-up by the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in partnership with the Tata Education and Development Trust (TEDT).
Other dignitaries present at the event included Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey, and Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons.
“With the launch of this IISs, the Ministry for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has started its journey of giving respect to the skills of Indian youth,” said Pandey.
Praising the government’s initiative, Tata said: “I wish I was 20 years younger to contribute more towards such initiatives. I am sure wherever our founder, Jamshedji Tata is, he is looking down upon us and is happy with our work for the country.”
Shah promises placement to 70% of students
The IISs is slated to be a state-of-art skills development centre for students who can take admission after completing their class 10 or 12 exams.
It would offer both long-term and short-term courses to help upskill the country’s youth. The TEDT has also promised to enrol and skill a minimum of 5,000 students annually.
Shah also promised placement of at least 70 per cent of those enrolled.
The original approval for setting up IISs in the country was given in December 2016 by the Standing Finance Committee, and three locations were selected — Mumbai, Kanpur and Ahmedabad.