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Skill, reskill and upskill: PM's job mantra amid corona crisis

<p class="p1">Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the mantra to remain relevant during the coronavirus pandemic in the country is to 'skill, reskill and upskill'.</p>
<p class="p1">"Many ask me that in today's fast-changing business and market, they do not understand how to remain relevant. In this time of corona, this question has become even more pertinent. I give only one answer: The only mantra to stay relevant is skill, reskill and upskill," he said in a video message.</p>
<p class="p1">His message came on the occasion of 'World Youth Skills Day', which also marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of 'Skill India Mission', a pet project of the Prime Minister that was launched to make India's youths job-ready.</p>
<p class="p1">Making a strong pitch for Indians to be more skilled and connecting it to self- reliance, the Prime Minister asserted: "Skill is unique — it makes you different from others. It's a treasure nobody can take away. It's self-reliance that not only makes one employable but self-employable."</p>
<p class="p1">Modi said that over 5 crore people have been skilled in the last five years.</p>
<p class="p1">Stressing the need for skilling to address the concern on jobs, Modi said: "Millions of skilled people are needed in several sectors in today's burgeoning businesses, especially in the health sector."</p>
<p class="p1">"This corona crisis has changed the nature of jobs, along with world culture. The ever-changing technology has also created an impact on it."</p>
<p class="p1">However, the Prime Minister cautioned, knowledge is different from skill.</p>
<p class="p1">"A lot of people are confused about knowledge and skill. Such people can read or watch how to ride a bicycle in books or videos — this is knowledge. But actually riding a bicycle is a skill. Knowledge may help, but skill is the actual ability to do things," he explained.</p>
<p class="p1">He added that if the gap between knowledge and skill is bridged, entrepreneurship is encouraged, which has been the goal of his government.</p>.