Power sector has potential to create 6 lakh jobs in 2012-17
November 29th, 2011

The country’s fast growing power sectorhas the potential to create as many as six lakh jobs during the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2012-17), a top government official said.

The power sector, vital for good economic growth, is projected to see a capacity addition of about 1,00,000 MW during 2012-17 period.

“… to set up about 1,00,000 MW, we need about two lakh people for construction of power plants.

“For operation and maintenance, generation transmission and distribution, there is a requirement of four lakh people during the 12th Five-Year Plan,”Power Secretary P Uma Shankar said.

He was speaking at 27th Skoch Summit here. According to Uma Shankar, there is an estimated requirement of four lakh technical persons for the power sector during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2018-22).

However, he noted that employment potential in the power sector is going to come down in the future due to automation and technical upgradation.

India has embarked on massive capacity addition plans in the power sector, which is expected to require about USD 300-400 billion investment during the 12th Five-Year Plan.

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