In a bid to boost the 'Make in India' campaign, the Centre plans to introduce a national skill development policy aimed at meeting the demand for around 30 crore skilled workers in multiple sectors. The programme aims to train almost 50 crore people by 2020.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy

A new policy will be announced by mid-March, after reviewing the existing one and making necessary changes, said Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship.

Rudy was speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of 'Ahmedabad Management Association Academy for Vocational Education' on Thursday. The skill development ministry is in talks with many corporate houses for training people on a large scale.

"There is no standardisation, curriculum or set framework when it comes to skill development policy. We need trainers, assessors and standard certification systems to train people, along with employment opportunities," said Rudy to mediapersons at the programme.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project "Make in India" needs increased level of skilled labour. Modi set up a ministry dedicated to look into skill development, on independent charge with Rudy at the helm.

With less than 2% of people being classified as trained, there is a need for at least 30 crore skilled workers by 2022. Infrastructure sector would absorb 10 crore workers and textile industry would need 1.42 crore people working for the sector. The government could make use of the Indian Railways infrastructure and human resources from the Armed Forces, added Rudy.

The Budget for Fiscal 2015/16 would specify the investment to be made in the skill development programme.