Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt of India today said that after the successful implementation of PMKVY 1 & 2 schemes, the government will soon launch PMKVY-3 scheme which will support the plumbing sector in the country. We need to connect the urban cities with the rural areas and the people at the grassroot level to ensure plumbing sector thrives, he added.
Addressing the virtual curtain raiser of ‘Plumb Skills Expo’, organized by FICCI, jointly with NSDC, IPSC and Skill India, Dr Pandey said that government taking steps to provide highly skilled plumbers to the world and industry must focus on the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, Make in India and vocal for local to achieve this goal. “This is an important period for India and I urge the industry to be part of this,” he said.
Dr Pandey also informed that the government has already launched ‘ASEEM’ portal which is used as a match-making engine to map skilled workers with available jobs. He also suggested various organizations and industry to start a campaign to connect maximum number of plumbers with this platform so that more jobs are created.
He further urged the industry to come forward to capitalize on the immense opportunities in India with quality products to create a vibrant plumbing sector along with skilled manpower.
“Plumbing is an important profession, and it is connected with all the major schemes being announced by the government including the construction of high-level infrastructure, smart cities mission, PM’s resolution for housing or Jal Jeevan mission. Quality plumbing plays an essential part in every scheme,” added Dr Pandey.
He also said that through the Plumb Skills Expo, many small and new Indian industries related to the plumbing sector will also get highlighted, which will give further impetus to the Atmanirbharat campaign.
Dr Sangita Reddy, Immediate Past President, FICCI said that COVID-19 has exposed us to unprecedented challenges but also opened a plethora of opportunities. Plumb Skills Expo has been mooted by IPSC and FICCI to bring plumbing technicians and global industry under one roof to showcase the strength of Indian Plumbing sector, transforming India into a global plumbing hub and bolstering the Skill India mission. She further said that we would be hosting 20,000+ plumbers at this virtual platform and introducing them into the digital ecosystem.
Dr Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC said that as we come out of the pandemic there will be a spur in the economy, the demand for skills will also increase. He further said that companies must focus on using more high-end technologies to reduce their cost.
Dr RK Somany, Chairman, IPSC said that the in the expected new normal we will have to rely more ongoing digital. Plumb Skills Expo will play a vital role in bringing businesses back to normal, connecting stakeholders across the globe, bridging the supply-demand gap.
Vinay Gupta, Vice Chairman, IPSC; N Rajeev, Director, IPSC; MK Gupta, Director, IPSC and Maj Gen (Retd.) TK Chadha, COO, IPSC also shared their perspective on transforming India into a global plumbing hub through skilling and employment.