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April 26, 2018

Haryana Government to felicitate industries contributing in skill development

Haryana : Haryana Government will felicitate the industries which have engaged apprentices more than five per cent of their total work force as ‘Saksham Sathis’ at a State-level workshop in Gurugram on March 1.

The Chief Minister Manohar Lal and the Skill Development and Industrial Training Minister, Vipul Goel will facilitate such industries, said a spokesman of Skill Development and Industrial Training Department.

He said that industries with maximum percentage of apprentices in their respective districts would also be felicitated. Major industry associations in Haryana like ASSOCHAM, FICCI, PHD and CII and their member industries had been invited to the event.

Launch of Saksham Sathi initiative comes as a part of the Chief Minister’s flagship initiative of Saksham Haryana launched with the mission to provide employment to two lakh youths and achieve grade level competencies for children in government schools.

Under Saksham Haryana, the State Government has set a target of appointing 45,000 apprentices in government and private sector in two years since October, 2017. Against this target, 8,000 apprentices have been engaged by government departments and state public service undertakings, and about 2,000 by the private sector, said the spokesman.

As many as 22 Industries will be felicitated as Saksham Sathi including Labotech Microscopes India Pvt. Ltd., JBM Auto Limited, Escorts Limited, JCB India Ltd, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Hero Moto Corp Limited among others.

He said that Haryana had been recognised for its efforts in engaging apprentices by the Government of India as a champion of change. This award was given based on the maximum number of apprentices per lakh population in the country.

The Chief Minister has called upon the citizens of Haryana and leading industries to support government’s initiative of making Haryana Saksham, he added.

The spokesman further said that apprentices are on-the-job trainees for one to three years. They are also paid stipend which amounts to 70-90 per cent of the semi-skilled labour’s wage. Under the Apprenticeship Act, 1961, it is mandatory for all establishments to engage apprentices from 2.5 per cent to 10 per cent of their employee strength.

The entire process of appointment is done via an online portal. The establishments are entitled to get reimbursement of 25 per cent of monthly stipend paid to an apprentice subject to a maximum of Rs 1,500 per apprentice per month, he added.

Note: News shared for public awareness with reference from the information provided at online news portals.

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