Bhubaneswar: As per the projection of Ernst and Young, the leading professional services organisation of the world, for the National Skill Development Council (NSDC), Odisha currently has 76 lakh skilled workforce requires 59 lakh more to fulfil the requirement of 1.35 crore by 2022.

The organisation which is undertaking a skill gap analysis in the State, shared this in a high level meeting with State Chief Secretary B K Patnaik and other top bureaucrats on Thursday.

The analysis of the organisation was made on the basis of the economic growth of the State during the last five years taking 2011 as the base year.

Chief Secretary B K Patnaik advised the organisation to make a district-wise and trade-wise skill gap analysis for better planning, so as to help people get jobs and also to help them boost their livelihood through self-employment.

Currently the State Employment Mission has taken up skill development training programmes by organising job melas, army and paramilitary recruitment rallies and placement linked training programmes.

Amongst others, Development Commissioner, R N Senapati, Secretaries of Finance, Panchayati Raj, Fisheries and Animal Resource Development, Handlooms and Textile and Energy Departments were present.