The government today said the telecom sector has created 2.54 lakh jobs from 2013-14 till April 30 of 2016-17. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha, said a total of 89,634 jobs were created in 2013-14, 61,573 in 2014-15, 94,294 in 2015-16 and 8,682 in 2016-17 (till April 30, 2016). The numbers include both direct and indirect jobs. Also Read - Let our firms take part in 5G trials, China tells IndiaAlso Read - BSNL Rs 199 prepaid plan introduced: Know benefits, validity and more details
The government also spoke about numerous jobs likely to be generated by the telecom sector and its allies as envisaged by India Skill Report, 2016. “In fact, anticipating the need, the government has already conducted the skill gap study for the telecom sector,” Prasad said. Also Read - Landline users need to prefix '0' to call mobile phones starting January 2021: TRAI
The skill gap study in the telecom space was conducted under the aegis of the National Skill Development Corporation with support of the Department of Telecom in 2013-14 to assess manpower requirements (2013-22) to identify relevant needs of the sector and prepare a road map.
According to the report, the telecom industry is expected to generate a number of new jobs. “The government is fully aware of the telecom sector job generation and the need for telecom skilled manpower so that telecom industry does not feel the shortage of skilled manpower and the telecom growth story continues,” the minister said.
He further said skill development training has already been provided to 6,40,210 in the last 3 financial years till March 31. It is proposed to provide training to over 2 lakh candidates in 2016-17 and still further in subsequent years to meet the projected need of the sector.