Acknowledging the urgent skills deficit in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created a ministry to take up the agenda of skill development and entrepreneurship. Sarbananda Sonowal has been appointed minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship, according to an official release on Tuesday. “It is an important agenda but we are still getting clarity on the ministry,” said Sonowal, who took charge as MoS (independent) of sports and youth affairs. Job creation, skill development and opportunities for entrepreneurship were part of the key promises in the BJP manifesto. At present, Sonowal is expected to work out of his office in the sports ministry in Shastri Bhawan while the guidelines and modalities of the new ministry are sorted. “He is also visiting his constituency in Assam,” said a source close to the development. Efforts have skill development have till now been diffused with several ministries including labour, human resource development, and finance working on the issue.
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