Training mandatory for highway construction workers

NEW DELHI: Now highway builders will have to train at least 10 persons for every Rs 1 crore spent on a project. An official release of the highways ministry on Monday said this will be “made mandatory”.

Earlier in the day, highways minister Nitin Gadkari asked the builders, contractors, and skill development institutions to come forward to train the local, unemployed youth in highways construction, and to upgrade the skills of existing workers.

Chairing a meeting of ministry officials with representatives of National Highways Builders Federation and construction training institutions Gadkari said that his ministry will pay Rs 15,000 per trainee as stipend to compensate for loss of wage during the training period. The payment would be made directly to the Aadhar linked bank account of the trainee.

Sources said the ministry is consulting the stakeholders to finalize and come out with the programme for skill upgradation of highway construction workers and drivers of commercial vehicles. The programme, proposed to work on the PPP model, is aimed at upskilling both unemployed local youth as well as those already working under contractors.

The training will be imparted in various trades related to highways construction such as masonry, concreting, machine operation and so on.

The programme aims to start with training 20,000 highway construction workers immediately and increasing the numbers so that the manpower requirement of the sector is met together with creation of employment opportunities for jobless youth.

Credits ET Realty

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