• Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that youth employment is a "high-priority agenda" of his government but felt the infrastructure for the skill- development of young people is "progressing slower". 
  • In his inaugural address at the 44th session of Indian Labour Conference, the Prime Minister emphasised the need for skill development of the young people.
  • "This can happen only if we equip our young people with skills that are required to meet the demands of our rapidly growing economy," he said.
  • Maintaining that the rapid growth of Indian economy since 2004 has clearly brought out shortcomings of the country's skill development processes, he said, "Today, availability of skills is possibly the single-most important constraint to rapid industrial growth."
  • Noting that the process of expanding skill development infrastructure is progressing slower in the country that he had hoped after the government launched Skill Development Mission, Singh urged the private sector to chip in with more vigour.