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The government hopes to set up 1,500 Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and 5,000 Skill Development Centres (SDCs) in Public Private Partnership (PPP).  Seven northeastern states, including Assam, have proposed setting up 28 new Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in the region, parliament was informed recently.

Minister of State for Labour and Employment K. Suresh informed Lok Sabha  that the reason for setting up these institutes in PPP mode was to harness private sector efficiencies in skill development and to mobilise resources needed for the purpose. India presently has 10,344 ITIs. The northeast now has 71 ITIs, affiliated to the National Council of Vocational Training, Minister of State for Labour and Employment K. Suresh said in a statement in the Lok Sabha.

He added that no unemployment benefit programmes for educated tribal youths of the northeastern region had been taken up as the "government of India is not in favour of such unemployment doles.

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