To provide on-job training to the youth, Haryana government will engage 15,000 trade apprentices under Apprentices Act, 1961 in all government departments, boards and corporations by 31 January 2018.

Disclosing this in a review meeting, chief secretary, DS Dhesi said the move will also help to produce skilled manpower required for industrial growth as well. He said that skill development of unemployed youth is the key purpose of the scheme under which the departments, boards and corporations were required to engage minimum 2.5 per cent and maximum up to 10 per cent apprentices of the total strength as per the Act.

Dhesi directed the officers to notify Nodal Officers in their department concerned for implementation of the provisions of the Act.

He also reviewed the action plan of government departments, boards, corporations and universities for engagement of apprentices under the Act.

Principal Secretary, skill development and industrial training department, TC Gupta informed that during the current financial year, a budget provision of Rs 31.64 Crore had been provided to the Skill Development and Industrial Training department for payment of stipend to the apprentices engaged by various departments.

He also urged the officers to explore the areas for engagement of maximum trade apprentices in their departments. Under the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme, the Union government would reimburse 25 per cent of the prescribed stipend subject to a maximum of Rs 1,500 per month per apprentice to the employer, he added.