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Taking cognizance of the demand and supply gaps of skilled workforce faced by the Mining Industry and in consonance with the Government of India’s target of skilling 500 million workers by 2022 by setting up of Sector Skill Councils, FIMI as a responsible industry association took initiatives for setting up the Sector Skill Council in Mining.

The Skill Council for Mining Sector (SCMS) funded by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and promoted by the Federation of Indian Mineral Industries is a Non-Profit Organization, registered under Section 25 of the companies Act. 1956. SCMS is an apex body for skill development in the mining sector. The main task will be to develop skill competency standards and qualifications, benchmarking it with international standards and to work with the mining industry to train existing workforce and new inductees to fulfill the skill shortage in the industry in PPP mode.

Indian mining sector is largely fragmented, comprising several small scale operational mines, it is still dominated by the mining industries both public and private, which accounted about 75% of the total mining production in India. Although the industry has the large number of employees including contract manpower totaling to about 9.5 lakhs in different trades of mining, the woeful shortage of skilled personnel in various mining trades is widely felt.

The key factors affecting the human resources and skill requirement in the Indian Mining Industry are technology up-gradation, increase in productivity stringent environment and sustainable development framework, globalization and aging profile of workforce and long gestation period for skill acquisition. Given the estimated increase in the mining output as well as the expected changes in the productivity levels, the total employment in the mining industry is estimated to increase to 11 lakhs by the year 2017 and 12 lakhs by the year 2025.

About 83% of the mining leases are unorganized which covers about 16% of total mining area in the country.

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