A Skill Gap Study was carried out in 21 coastal districts with the objective of estimating the district-wise skilling requirements of workforce, current skill training capacity and provide recommendations to address the skill gaps. Special focus was given on Ports and Maritime Sector.
In Andhra Pradesh, study was carried out in Vishakhapatnam and East Godavari Districts. Study identified gaps between total demand and supply of skilled manpower in sectors including construction, logistics, tourism and manufacturing. Along with other sectors, jobs roles in ports and maritime sector which are in high demand were identified in port operations, ship building and repairs, offshore operations and fisheries.
Further, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) signed Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) for DDU-GKY Sagarmala convergence programme in May, 2017. MoPSW is funding skill development under Sagarmala-DDU-GKY Convergence programme to enable skilling of coastal population.
Vishakhapatnam Port Trust has been identified by MoPSW for setting up of MSDC. The operating and management partner has been selected. The building at Vishakhapatnam Port Trust has been handed over to operating partner.
This information was given by Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shri Shantanu Thakur in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.