The employment rate of India stands at 5.36 percent and has been almost the same for a decade. However, in order to boost the employment drive by giving skilled training to people, the current Government came up with the ‘Skill India Project’. Under this project construction of several skill development centers were started. Although, the government promises that many of these centers have started functioning, but the construction of some projects like the Mini ITI in the Bokakhat district of Assam remains incomplete even after a decade.
As per the Assam Tribune, the construction of a Mini Industrial Training Center (ITI) was started at Bagarijuri under Paschi, Kaziranga Gaon Panchayat on the Golaghat-Karbi Anglong boundary area in 2010-11. Even after 10 years of the start of the project, the ITI building has not been fully constructed yet. The half-constructed building is standing covered in jungle and has become a breeding ground for wild animals.
The foundation stone of the Mini ITI was laid by the then minister Pithvi Majhi on the vision of the local MLA Arun Phukan. The project costed crores of Rupees and 80 percent of the construction was complete before the work slowed down and eventually stopped. Since then the project has been lying there engulfed in the wilderness.
This was a big initiative and gave hope to the people of Golaghat and Karbi Anglong Districts, as the ITI would help the youths in getting skilled training, especially in the tourism sector, as the greater Kaziranga area has boosted into a tourism industry. However, all hopes were shattered when the construction remained incomplete even after a decade. The incomplete building is in a poor state, with wild bushes and trees all around it, some of the materials were even stolen by trespassers.
The locals have appealed several times to the present MLA of Bolakhat, Atul Bora to complete the mini ITI building and open it for the benefit of youngsters, but with no avail. Being turned down so many times, the residents alleged that the taxpayers money was wasted in the name of this project.
The Bolakhat district committee of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) have demanded the visit of Agriculture Minister & MLA, Atul Bora in order to analyze the estate area and take immediate steps for the completion of the Mini ITI.