Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee President Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has suggested changes in the implementation of the Skill development Allowance scheme to the chief minister and the industries minister.

Currently the Skill Development Allowance is scheduled to be given only to those unemployed youth who have already passed 10+2. The HPCC president has suggested including matriculates under this scheme and also suggested to lower the age limit as well.

Congress state president in his press communiqué said that the qualification needs to be lowered because of the fact that those taking admission into the skill development centres like the ITIs and Polytechnics take students after 10th standard. He suggested that as polytechnics were the biggest skill development network in the state and those unemployed who wanted to take admission into the ITIs could easily take admission after being matriculates. Sukhvinder has suggested that number of unemployed, who had not passed 10+2 but had passed the 10th standard, would be able to take admission into the skill development programmes and get benefits through the scheme.

Sukhu also suggested that the age bar for the skill development allowance be lowered to 18 years. Currently it was for those who were between the age groups of 25 to 35 years. By lowering the age bar to eighteen years more people would be able to undertake the benefits of entering into the ITIs and other skill development centres.

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