Approximately 2800 highways construction workers belonging to Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Bihar and Odisha have been trained through World Bank funded projects in the trades of masonry, bar-bending and shuttering over a span of four months, as part of a skill development initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and among them, more than 300 workers were awarded with certificates from Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways.
On the said occasion, Gadkari announced that 1, 12,000 more workers will be given training at 310 projects of MoRTH, NHAI and NHIDCL by June 2018. He also said that about 2.5 lakh workmen will be trained in other projects of the Ministry, NHAI and NHIDCL by 2019. He further emphasized on the need to train the youth by informing the audience that Sagarmala, with its projects for setting up of 14 coastal economic zones, enhancing port connectivity and strengthening of ports will generate over I crore of direct and indirect employment and it is through training the youth only that they will be able to take advantage of these.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Petroleum and Natural Gas, said that this was the first initiative of this scale by any Ministry. Mansukh L Mandaviya, Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Chemicals & Fertilizer, said that the highways and shipping infrastructure sector have grown rapidly in the last three years leading to the creation of employment opportunities which are going to expand further with ambitious projects like Bharatmala and Sagarmala unfolding on the scene. We need to equip our youth with the very best training so that they are able to raise their employability and their income.