Shipping Ministry releases 10 cr for training 20,000 workers in Alang yard
Source: The Hindu Business Line, Date: , 2016
New Delhi, Nov 2, 2016 : The Ministry of Shipping has sanctioned ₹10 crore as part of the first instalment to the Gujarat Maritime Board for capacity building and safety training of 20,000 workers involved in the ship recycling activities at Alang-Sosiya recycling yard in Bhavnagar, Gujarat.The total project cost is estimated to be ₹30 crore over a period of three years, stated an official release. Sagarmala plan The initiative is part of the National Perspective Plan of Sagarmala for the upliftment of the coastal community and aims to provide health and safety training to the skilled and semi-skilled workers. As ship breaking activity is hazardous and prone to accidents, GMB has been running an indigenous Safety Training and Labour Welfare Institute at Alang and has trained about 1.1 lakh labourers over the last 12 years. However, with the increased volume of ship recycling over last decade and to bring the training standards at par with the international regulations like UN Body-International Maritime Organisation, it is imperative to enhance the capacity build-up and upgrade the existing training standards.