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Andhra Pradesh needs about 50,000 trained plumbers. Andhra Pradesh needs about 50,000 trained plumbers immediately. Most of the plumbers who work in...

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh needs about 50,000 trained plumbers immediately. Most of the plumbers who work in Andhra Pradesh are from Orissa. But they are not very skilled, said Harpreet Singh, Vice President of Indian Plumbing Skills Council (IPSC) addressing 100-plus gathering of plumbers, plumbing consultants in Hyderabad on Monday. He was giving a talk on ‘Plumbing need of a healthy country’. The current population of plumbers is just 2.5 lakh, and they are not at all skilled plumbers he added.

“Construction industry is not only industry which requires plumbers, even gas industry, petroleum industry also requires plumbers. GAIL chairman once requested me to supply 5000 trained plumbers. Similarly Indian Railways requested me to train their 10,000 plumbers,” said Harpreet.
The programme was to encourage skill development for youth by providing monetary rewards for successful completion of approved training programs. To encourage standardisation in the certification process and initiate a process of creating a registry of skills, increase productivity of the existing workforce and align the training and certification to the needs of the country, provide monetary awards for skill certification to boost employability and productivity of youth by incentivising them for skill trainings. Across the country it will benefit 10 lakh youth at an approximate total cost of Rs 1,000 crores.
“Plumbing is a challenging role. Everybody wants water proof houses. More and more complex structures, constructions, multi storied buildings, apartments, villas coming up there is a more requirement of a trained plumber,” Harpreet said.
The Indian Plumbing Skills Council’s Training Programmes which are just announced are well received. Almost 3000 people from all over India have already registered for the programmes. IPSC currently has 56 training partners across the country. Another 27 are approved and yet to be appointed. Nearly 1800 trainers are registered with it as trainers.
550 Mechanical and Civil Engineering students in Lucknow have approached IPSC to take on Plumbing as parallel education and registered to take on different levels of Plumbing Skills Education, Harpreet informed.
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), a public-private (49:51) partnership not-for-profit company formed under the Union Ministry of Finance, is set up to facilitate the development and upgrading of the skills of the growing Indian workforce through skill training programs.
IPSC is also starting Kitchen and Bathroom Designing Program exclusively for unemployed and under employed girls. In a fortnight from now they are also starting a plumbing design programme for deaf and dumb. Once it gets approval, they will soon start it across the country. Also IPSC is roping in women plumbers to deal with home makers and help reduce crime, as there is a demand for women plumbers, he said. We are waiting for the government nod for the same, Harpreet informed. This pilot project will commence in Delhi very soon, he said.
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