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Union Minister to launch skill development project for rubber plantation sector
Kottayam, 09 December 2016
Mr. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon’ble Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, will formally launch the skill development project for rubber plantation sector undertaken by the Rubber Board under the Pradhan Manthri Koushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). The scheme is implemented by the Board in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Rubber Skill Development Council (RSDC). The formal launch will be held in the meeting to be held at Rubber Research Institute of India at 2.00 pm on 13 December 2016.
Adv. V S Sunilkumar, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala will preside over the function. Mr. Jose K Mani, MP; Mr. A Ajith Kumar IAS, Executive Director, Rubber Board; Mr. Vishal Sharma, Chief Programme Officer, NSDC; Mr. K Biju IAS, Managing Director, Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE) and Mr. Vinod Simon, Chairman, RSDC will be among the speakers. Officials of the Ministry and NSDC will also participate.
Pradhan Mantri Kuashal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is a pioneer scheme launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) with the objective to develop, improve and certify skill of Indian youth. Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning is also undertaken by PMKVY under the scheme. With a vision of a Skilled India, the scheme is planned for implementation during 2016-20. PMKVY is implemented by NSDC under the guidance of the MSDE.
NSDC is a Public Private Partnership under the MSDE to fulfill the need for skilled manpower across sectors and narrow the existing gap between the demand and supply of skills. RSDC is a sector skill council for the rubber sector focusing on the skill development and training needs of the rubber sector, in collaboration with NSDC.
The National Occupational Standards and Qualification Pack for different job roles are developed in accordance with the skill gap and requirements reported by the potential employers by these bodies.
One of the main reasons for decreasing yield in the traditional rubber growing areas is unscientific tapping. The Rubber Board has initiated a massive skill development programme with an objective to increase production and profitability of rubber plantation sector.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), by which individuals with prior experience or skills shall be assessed and certified, is one of the major components of the scheme. Under the scheme, two major job roles, namely Latex Harvest Technician (tapper) and Latex Processing Technician, have been identified in plantation sector with the objective to ensure availability of skilled human resources to rubber plantation industry.
Rubber Board proposes to launch the programme mainly to certify the majority of tappers in India by 2020 under the PMKVY programme. Recognition of Prior Learning for Latex Harvest Technician is a three day programme intended to improve the efficiency and skill of existing tappers and to up-skill them on latest innovations in latex harvesting technology like Low Frequency Tapping, Controlled Upward Tapping etc. so as to improve production, reduce labour cost and extend the economic life span of plantations.
Rubber tappers and growers who do tapping of own holdings and who are above 18 years of age can participate in the skill development programmes for rubber tappers being conducted in 250 identified Centres. Thirty tappers will be trained in every batch during a period of three days. The participants will be given a kit containing tapping equipment, a stipend of Rs.500/- (Rupees five hundred only) and a certificate from NSDC on successful completion of the training programme. In the first phase of the project approved by the Ministry, the target is to impart training and to certify ten thousand tappers in Kerala. Rubber Board has already submitted similar projects for States of Assam and Tripura, which is under consideration of NSDC. Board also proposes to link these certified persons to the tapper bank developed under the local Rubber Producers’ Societies. Board’s labour welfare schemes will be extended to them on a priority basis.