India To Provide One Of The Largest Skilled Workforce To The World
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about India’s potential to become a major provider of skilled workers globally.
He made these remarks during the 4th G20 Employment Working Group (EWG) and Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meetings held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
PM Modi emphasized that technology would continue to be a crucial driver of employment, especially in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
He praised India’s experience in creating numerous technology-related jobs during the previous transformation, particularly in cities like Indore, known for its startup ecosystem.
The Prime Minister also mentioned the importance of globalizing the development and sharing of skills. He urged the G20 to play a leading role in this process and commended efforts to reference international occupations based on skills and qualifications.
PM Modi discussed the requirement and significance of upskill and reskill of the workforce to adapt to advanced technologies and processes.
India’s Skill India Mission and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana were cited as examples of initiatives aimed at addressing this need.
The Prime Minister specifically mentioned the focus on Industry ‘Four Point O’ sectors, such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Internet of Things, and Drones.
During the pandemic, India’s frontline health workers demonstrated their skills and dedication, reflecting the country’s culture of service and compassion.
Regarding social protection, PM Modi suggested considering additional benefits like universal public health, food security, insurance, and pension programs in the framework to provide a more accurate picture of social protection coverage in India.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the gig and platform economy as a transformative factor in generating gainful employment, especially for the youth and empowering women economically.
India’s ‘eShram portal,’ with almost 280 million registrations, was mentioned as a valuable resource for targeted interventions and social protection for workers in the unorganized sector.
The G20 EWG meeting aimed to finalize the Ministerial Declaration and outcome documents. Delegates from various countries, international organizations, and employers’ associations attended the meeting to discuss and adopt the results.
India has registered 280 million workers on the e-shram portal within one year. The country needs to focus on skilling, re-skilling, and upskilling the workforce in advanced technologies and processes. India’s Skill India Mission aims to connect with this reality.