Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 8:
The Odisha government has asked the state-based industries to open Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) within three months.
Informing about the directive of the government after presiding over a review meeting on the status of 40 industries of which representatives of 34 industries were present at the State Secretariat here yesterday, Industries minister Sanjay Dasburma told newsmen that these 40 industries had agreed to open an ITI each as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the state government that would help them absorb trained manpower in their respective organizations and benefit thousands of unemployed youths in the state.
“Out of the 40 industries, 20 of them have made efforts to open it is while some of them are about to start their ITI. The remaining industries, who have not made any effort in this regard, have come up with some pleas”, the minister said.
“I have asked these industries to open the ITI within three months failing which the state government would not hesitate to initiate appropriate action against them for violation of MoU norms”, he pointed out.
Dasburma said the industries have been assured that the state government would provide them with necessary support towards opening of the ITI.
He also said that emphasis has been given on the opening of model ITIs by the mega industries like National Aluminium Company (Nalco) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).
Among others, industries secretary Chandrasekhar Kumar and senior officials of the concerned department were present at the meeting.