Kolkata: Roshni Sen, Principal Secretary, Department of Technical Education, Training and Skill development (TET& SD) said a “District Skill Development Plan” prepared by four districts has been short-listed by the Centre as among the best 25 plans for all the districts in the country.She was addressing the inaugural session of the Eastern India Regional CXO meet organised by the TET& SD in association with the ministry of Rural Development and Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on Friday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe said all the districts in Bengal had prepared a District Skill Development Plan of which “four districts have been short-listed as among the best 25 plans from all the districts in the country by the Centre.” She further added: “The state has won the prestigious WSIS Award at the UN for egovernance initiatives undertaken by Utkarsh Bangla.” She said to make “skill development more inclusive, the department is bringing in convergence drives where other departments like the MSME, Forest, Sunderban Affairs, SHG, Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, Tourism, School Education and many more have been collaborated in joint skill development activities. This will in turn help in achieving successful placements.” She said there are plans to hold such conferences in the district level too. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMV Rao, additional chief secretary, Panchayats and Rural Development department spoke about how the department has been working in skill development and connecting skilled people to livelihood programmes. He cited examples of some women in the Sunderbans who were trained in fish dressing and are now supplying to the corporate retail players. He said many women and socially backward skilled people are connected to livelihood generation through alternative plantations in Bankura, Purulia and Jangalmahal. Charanjit Singh, joint secretary, ministry of Rural Development spoke on the employment of rural youths through DDU-GKY programme. He appealed to the stakeholders of the industry to take active participation in recruiting skilled people of the country and take part in DDU- GKY scheme as partners.