Construction workers in the North East are being trained to handle equipment used in the sector under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the first such training programme through a video link in New Delhi today. The training is being undertaken by National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) at its project sites in the North East, in association with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
In the first phase, a month long training from June 1 to 30, 2017, will be conducted for 40 trainees in two batches of 20 trainees each at two site offices of the ongoing projects on Agartala- Udaipur – Sabroom Section of NH-44 in the state of Tripura. The training will be for Junior Backhoe Loader Operator Level 3 at the site office of KMC Construction and Oriental Structural Engineers Pvt. Ltd., and will be provided by trainers from Escorts for a duration of 190 hours. Over a 1,000 workmen will be trained in the North Eastern states as part of this programme in a phased manner.
Inaugurating the training module, Gadkari said the purpose of the training programme is to impart skill to the local youth of the North East so that they can find employment in the infrastructure projects coming up in the area. He said that his ministry is also engaging more and more local contractors in the North East, as also other remote and not so developed areas, so that they can, in turn, engage the trained, local youth on the construction sites. Gadkari said that 71 drivers training schools are also being set up to impart training to the local youth and enhance their employability.