Punjab Labour and Forest Minister Chunni Lal Bhagat has stated that the state is committed to promoting skill development among children of building construction workers after laying the foundation stone of ‘Dr BR Ambedkar Skill Development Centre’ at Urban Estate Phase II & III Bypass, Dugri Road.
This particular skill development centre (SDC) is being constructed with a cost of around Rs 10 crore on 1.6 acres of land. In another function, Bhagat and Punjab Vidhan Sabha speaker Dr Charanjit Singh Atwal distributed cheques and bicycles to building construction workers and other beneficiaries at Guru Nanak Bhawan.
Bhagat said four such skill development centres for children of building construction workers were being constructed in different cities of the state – Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Mohali. These centres were being constructed by Punjab Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board. For this, the department had purchased land from PUDA and respective improvement trusts. For imparting training, the board had already signed an MoU with the Punjab Skill Development Mission ( PSDM ).
He said once complete, students would be imparted training in eight different trades such as shuttering, carpentering and plumbing among others. This centre would train around 1,600 students every year and would also have a hostel with the capacity of 150 and a night shelter with capacity of 200, besides offices. The centre is being constructed by the Punjab Police Housing Corporation.
Under the scholarship scheme the Punjab Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board provided scholarship of Rs 3,000 to Rs 60,000 for boys and Rs 4,000 to Rs 70,000 for girls.
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