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Skill development in construction Sector

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the Government has always emphasized the need for skill development in all the sectors, where there is a demand, and not only to information technology. However, IT Sector is more popular and organized sector for fee based sustainable model than construction sector which is largely an unorganized sector.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Rudy said, various measures have been adopted to address the skill development needs of labourers including the casual labourers from rural areas with little or no education. National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has constituted a sector skill council for construction to hesten training and recognition of prior learning in the sector. Till date, NSDC has funded 13 partners who impart skilling in the construction sector such as Labouret, Pipaltree, Lok Bharti, CREDAI, CIDC etc. Till Oct 2014, standards for 12 job roles (Qualification Packs) with 66 unique National Occupational Standards have been developed by the construction SSC. In addition, the STAR scheme also focused on the construction sector with 9,856 people trained in the sector under this scheme. Moreover, a pilot on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to provide certification of skills acquired by workers in informal/ unorganized sector, through experience or other non-formal learning channel has been launched for the construction sector by the Ministry of Labour & Employment. In addition, 20% of funds under the Building and Other Construction Work (BOCW) cess have been mandated for skill development of registered construction workers and their dependents.

Shri Rudy said, a number of initiatives have been made to incentivize the participation of the private sector in skill development as under:

i. Subsidised soft loan and financial assistance for skill development initiatives.

ii. Service tax exemption for entities in to skill development, as per Notification No. 13/2013 – Service Tax.

iii. A company can enjoy benefit Under Section 35 CCD of the Income Tax Act by participating in skill development activity.

iv. Private sector can also take the income tax benefit under section 80G by donating money in NSDC for skill development activity.

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