The Indian Government is finding new ways to encouraging women employment in the country.
The Ministry of Small Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is preparing to undertake a special study to understand state-wide availability and requirement of skill-set in the care sector.
This majorly covers geriatric care, early childhood education and domestic work.
The government has reportedly shared a plan to strengthen skill development and entrepreneurship in those areas, with the consultative parliamentary committee related to the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
In a meeting with the Minister Smriti Irani, all MSDE members and other stakeholders emphasized on the need to boost the ‘care economy’.
MSDE has also agreed to develop a website with the database of certified skilled personnel in such areas along their employers in the care sector.
This portal will be linked to financial institutions and job sites for further opportunities.
The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has also been assigned the job of preparing a training module for certification of Anganwadi workers in emergency healthcare and early childhood care.
The Ministry has asked NSDC to use anganwadi centers for training activity without impacting their working hours, services and after proper refurnishing of the centers.
According to the government data, India has 65% of the population in the working age group with majority of them under 29 years.
However, the women participation lies below 17.5%.
Women addition to employment will likely add around USD 770 billion in revenue to India’s GDP y 2025.
Meanwhile, the Skill India Development data shows a 97% rise in the percentage of women in ITIs compared to 2014.
Women also held 40 percent share of the 73 lakh people trained under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (2016-20).
Besides, there is also a growing emphasis on women participation in the areas of 3D printing, AI, data analytics and more.