Interim Budget 2019: Focus must be on skilled labour to tackle unemployment

Unless skill development programmes receive impetus, the numbers of the unemployable will only rise


Chaitanya Mallapur | IndiaSpend
Budgetary allocation to the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship (MSDE) has witnessed a 237% increase over the last four years, from Rs 1,007 crore (actual expenditure) in 2015-16 to Rs 3,400 crore (budget estimate) in 2018-19, according to ministry data. The 2018-19 allocation, however, represents a “drastic cut” by the ministry of finance against the Rs 7,696.54 crore requested by the MSDE, due to underutilisation of funds allocated to the MSDE in previous years, revealed a parliamentary committee report in March 2018. The committee warned that the budget cut would “adversely affect various schemes” implemented by the ministry tasked with skilling India’s youth.

First Published: Jan 29 2019 | 08:26 AM IST

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