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JJM Assam, ASDM start skill devp training for local youths
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Nov 29 - Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), Assam has initiated collaboration with the Assam Skill Development Mission (ASDM) to facilitate empanelment of training providers to conduct skill development training for local youths throughout the state.

 Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) Minister Rihon Daimary on Friday inaugurated a skill development training programme organised centrally under JJM, Assam, in Guwahati.

JJM, a flagship programme of the Government of India, aims to provide safe drinking water through Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) to every household of the country.

JJM Assam aims to provide safe drinking water to a targeted 63.35 lakh households by 2024. By the end of the financial year 2020-21, around 13 lakh FHTCs have been targeted to be covered under JJM Assam.

“Hence a large numbers of Public Water Supply Schemes (PWSS) will be in operation by 2024 to provide piped potable water supply at the rate of 55 litres per capita per day (LPCD) to every household of the state under JJM. A total of 8,033 existing PWSS will be retrofitted while another 15,000 to 20,000 new PWSS will be installed to achieve the target by 2024,” an official release said.

To implement such a huge number of PWSS in the state in a short span of time a huge pool of skilled human resources will be required, and as operation and maintenance in the post-implementation phase would be undertaken by the Gaon Panchayats (GP) at village level, there would be a need of high-quality human resources at the local level on a very large scale for long-term sustainability of the schemes.

“To meet the need of skilled manpower in large quantum both in the implementation and operation and maintenance phase, JJM Assam initiated collaboration with ASDM to facilitate empanelment of training providers to conduct skill development training of local youths throughout the state. The training will be imparted in three phases considering the skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled persons by training providers empanelled by ASDM,” it added.

In the first phase of training, 60 workers in each division and two subdivisions (Kamalabari and Hatsingimari) will be trained. This will include 30 persons in each job role of plumbing and masonry. The total number of trainees is 2,640 in the first phase. On successful completion of training, certification will be done as per National Skills Qualifications Framework with an insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh.

The inauguration programme was attended by JJM mission director and PHED secretary Adil Khan; Manin Kumar Das, chief engineer (Water), PHED and Additional MD(T), JJM; Gauri Sankar Sarmah, additional MD(NT), JJM; Hanis Noorani, additional MD, ASDM and representatives of NSDC, Skill India, ASDM officials, training providers and 60 participants.

In his inaugural speech, the Minister said he looked forward to successful implementation of JJM, and that skill development training for local youths in different job roles and their further engagement in the implementation of JJM Assam would pave the way for addressing the unemployment issue in the state.

The Minister said JJM Assam plans to train 50,000 persons in different job roles. “For the purpose, JJM Assam will continue to collaborate with ASDM to conduct further training on skill development,” he said.

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