Skill development programme for sikh and muslim communities to be launched in Punjab

The Centre’s skill development programme for members of Sikh and Muslim communities will be launched in Punjab tomorrow. Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla will launch the scheme simultaneously for six centres in as many villages through video conferencing from Girls’ College in Mansa town. The centres will be inaugurated in villages Heron Kalan, Kulrian, Ablu, Warring Khera, Nag Kalan and Maler Kotla.

“We had earlier launched the programme in madrasas in Uttar Pradesh. But we now want to focus on education centres of Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians too. Our focus will be mainly on training people in local skills,” Heptulla said.

The scheme, launched in 2013, aims at bringing down unemployment rate among minorities, conserving traditional skills of the communities and establishing their links with markets. The government plans to train the villagers in beauty and wellness skills, data entry operating, chikankari, sewing machine operating and phulkari (embroidery).

Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur of Parliamentary constituency (Bhatinda), in which the programme will be launched, will also be present during the event.

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