Skill Training

Skill Training

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that the Government has notified the National Skills Qualification Framework, which inter-alia, has an objective of alignment of Indian qualifications to international qualifications in accordance with relevant bilateral and multilateral agreements.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, the Government has revamped the placement linked skill development scheme for rural poor youth (known as Aajeevika Skills) under National Rural Livelihood Mission, as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY). The scheme has identified advocacy of Rural India Skills Mark for skilling and ensuring adherence of standards by project implementing agencies in skilling of candidates.

He said, it is estimated that there are nearly 8 to 10 crore youth in the age group of 15-35 years who can be skilled to join the workforce. The DDU-GKY has identified this group for skill development.

Empowerment of Artisans

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said that under the Human Resource Development Scheme, the M/o Textiles organizes programmes for artisans for skill development through established institutions, handicrafts training programme and Guru Shishya Parampara. It also includes training of trainers and designs mentorship and apprentice programmes. There is a provision for imparting soft and other skills to enable artisans to start their own businesses. Details of the number of training programmes are as under:

2011-12 – 740 Programmes

2012-13 – 496 Programmes

2013-14 – 484 Programmes

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Rudy said, it is estimated that 500 to 700 programmes will be organized during the financial year 2015.

He said, the office of Directorate Commissioner of Handicrafts DC (H) has launched a Marketing Support Services Scheme which focuses on providing access to various markets and marketing channels for artisans and exporters along with creating awareness about handicrafts. The Scheme involves components on Domestic Marketing, International Marketing and Publicity and Brand Promotion.

National Awards for the Empowerment of persons with Disabilities – 2014
President inaugurates the first Interactive Web Portal-
Cochlear implant scheme to benefit 500 children this year- says Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Awards for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities – 2014 at a function organized by the Department of Disability Affairs here today. Congratulating the awardees, the President said that the awardees will continue to lead by their example and inspire many more to commit their efforts to make our society more disabled friendly. He drew inspiration from Swami Vivekananda’s words “Arise, awake, sleep no more, within each of you there is the power to remove all wants and miseries. Believe this, and that power will be manifested.

The President mentioned that although, we, as a society have been conditioned by our religion and values to be especially mindful and sensitive to the needs of persons with disability and although our Government has taken a number of measures to systematically address the challenges that they face, still we have a lot to do to facilitate their daily life and comfortable functioning.

Besides refining our policy framework, it is essential for us to reinforce our efforts to have a better delivery mechanism for implementation of the schemes and progammes, including through effective partnership with the private sector and civil society”- he mentioned. The President said that we must do, what we can to ensure the socio psychological and emotional well being of persons with disabilities with a aim to inclusive development to achieve their full potential.

The President emphasized that one of the key instruments for empowering persons with disabilities, is education. Children with disabilities should have access to same educational opportunities that will enable them to equally compete for gainful employment and lead a life of dignity. He emphasized that special training of teachers is essential to understand the needs of children with disability and to guide them effectively. He expressed happiness that Government of India has revised its ADIP (Assistance to disabled persons for purchasing/fitting of aids/appliances) scheme this year to increases the number of contemporary aids and devices that can be provided to students and persons with disability.

The President also inaugurated the first Interactive Web Portal made by the Department of Disability.

Extending a warm welcome to the President, the union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot said the Ministry is actively endeavouring to bring in a new Act to replace the existing PwD Act, 1995. The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 has been introduced in the Parliament in the beginning of this year. It envisages more rights and entitlements to all categories of persons with disabilities and would also provide for strong implementation mechanism. He said that the Ministry/Department to earmark 3% of their budget for the welfare of persons with disabilities. He urged the State Governments to facilitate issuance of disability certificates.

The Minister said that the Central Government is examining is examining the feasibility of issuance of Universal I.D., which is applicable across the country to overcome the difficulties faced by persons with disabilities, as presently certificate issued by one State is not applicable in other States or Central Government Departments.

The Minister with pleasure announced the Cochlear implant scheme which would benefit 500 children this year. The Minister also said that action is being taken for establishment of five Centers for disability sports all over in India, National Institute of Inclusive of Universal Design, Indian Sign Language and Research and Training Centre, National Institute for Mental Health Rehabilitation and Centre for Disability Research.

Present on the occasion were Shri Krishan Pal, Minister of State for Social Justice, Shri Vijay Sampla, Minister of State for Social Justice, Ms Stuti Kacker, Secretary, Department of Disability Affairs, Shri Sudhir Bargava, Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Prof. (Ms.) Sudesh Mukhopadhyay, Chairman, Rehabilitation Council of India, Shri Prasanna Kumar Pincha, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabihlities and Shri Anoop Kumar Shriastava, Special Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment.

ALIMCO takes major technology leap by signing MoU with Ottobock, Germany

Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) signed an MoU with Ottobock, Germany in the presence of Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot here today. The MoU was signed by Shri D R Sarin, CMD, ALIMCO and Mr. Bernard O’Keeffe, Managing Director, Ottobock India.

• The MoU provides opportunity to ALIMCO and Ottobock to work together for producing affordable State- Of- Art lower limb prosthetic systems in India.

• The MoU will leads to Transfer of technology from Ottobock Germany to ALIMCO India for manufacturing new generation Lower limb prosthetic systems for PwDs in India.

• Technology Transfer will enable ALIMCO to produce and provide cost effective and affordable lower limbs prosthetic system to PwDs through its wide spread national network across the country.

• Production of technologically advanced prosthetic system will improve the independence and mobility of lower limbs amputees from all section of society in the country.

• This will help in fulfilling the dream of ‘Make In India’...

Also present during the occasion were Ms Stuti Kacker, Secretary, Department of Disability and Shri Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Joint Secretary, Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India.

Availability of Iron-Ore in the Country

The Minister of State for Steel and Mines, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai has said that Iron and Steel being in deregulated sector, decision by individual consumers/buyers of iron ore in the country regarding the quantum of iron-ore to be procured, its price, the price of finished steel are taken based on commercial consideration.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai said that in order to ensure sufficient availability of iron ore in the domestic steel sector fiscal measures have been adopted by Government by imposing an Export duty of 30% ad valorem on iron ore with effect from 30.12.2011 and 5% ad valorem on iron ore pellets with effect from 27.01.2014.

Steps to Make Steel Industry Globally Competitive

The Minister of State for Steel and Mines, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai said that as per rankings released by the World Steel Association (WSA), India was the fourth largest producer of crude steel in the world in 2013.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai said that the following are the techno-economic parameters of the Indian Steel Industry vis-à-vis the global standards:-
The Minister said that the green-field steel plants set up in the 1990’s or thereafter, have mostly adopted state-of-the-art technologies. Within a very short span of time, most of these plants have also expanded their capacities many-fold, adopting in the process, clean and green state-of-the-art technologies. However, the pace of modernization, renovation and expansion in some of the older plants has remained slow. This, together with certain constraints in raw material quality, summarily explains the poor techno-economic performance of these steel plants in the country.

He said that there are number of other parameters such as transportation cost, raw material cost, access to market which also have a bearing on competitiveness.  It may be mentioned that in the last Financial Year, India was a marginal net exporter of Steel.

Shri Vishnu Deo Sai said that Steel is a deregulated sector and the onus of improving techno-economic performance and improving competitiveness lie with individual steel companies.  However, the Government is taking various steps for increasing investment, production, Research & Development and value addition for the Iron & Steel Industry.  Government is providing financial assistance for Research & Development in the Iron & Steel Sector being pursued by Steel Companies, R&D Laboratories and Academic Institutions to address the technological challenges faced by the Industry.

The Minister said that besides the above, Steel Companies have also taken up large scale expansion of capacities & upgradation of technology.  The steel companies are also pursuing company specific R&D programmes which inter-alia covers:

        Raw Materials upgradation,

        Improvement in Process/ Technology, Products and Productivity,

        Development of new products & improvement in Quality, and

        Improvement in Energy consumption & Environment Management.


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