· More than 2000 plumbers, architects, consultants , manufacturers and government bodies participated in the event, organized by IPSC under the ministry of Skill Development
· It was inaugurated by Hon’ble minister of Skill Development Sh. Rajiv Pratap Rudy on 22nd October at 12 PM
· It was the first time when the plumbers got the overseas work opportunity
New Delhi, 22nd October 2016:
Following the Central Government's vision to make India Skillful and create employment opportunity for everyone, Indian Plumbing Skill Council under the Ministry of Skill Development organized National Plumbing Skill Conclave and Skill Melain Delhi. The event was held at NSIC Exhibition Ground, Kalka Ji, Delhi and it was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Sh. Rajiv Pratap Rudy on 22nd October. The event was attended by more than 2000 plumbers, architects, consultants, manufacturers and government bodies. It was a platform for the plumbers to showcase their talents, learn new skills & technology, interact with industry experts and get the recognition from the authorized bodies and Government.
Speaking at the event Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said – This is an initiative towards skill India mission. We want to train 40 crore youth of the country in various skills. Plumbing as an Industry has never got its due in India but now we have decided to provide quality training and development to the youth about plumbing. Also, we wish to support them through easy bank loans so that they are equipped with best tools and can earn their livelihood with pride. We want to create best quality Plumbing professionals who can work not only in India but also in other parts of the world. There is a huge demand supply gap of these professionals overseas with great remuneration. We want to increase the daily wage of these professionals like if they get INR 300/day for their services we wish to increase it to INR 1000. Also, we are planning a lot of initiatives for skilling the youth of the nation so that they become self reliant.
Commenting about the Skill Mela, Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Mr P K Chaddha, Officiating CEO,Indian Plumbing Skills Council said “The Plumbing Industry faces the mammoth challenge of huge gap between the supply and demand of skilled workforce. A very small percentage of the plumbing workforce is actually skilled in India. It becomes our duty as plumbing professionals, members of the Indian plumbing industry and other various plumbing related organizations and associations to ensure that skilled and certified manpower in adequate number is provided across industries using plumbing skills to raise plumbing standards in India to global levels. About 90% of the Plumbing industry workforce in India is not professionally trained. Most of the skill learning in the industry happens through unstructured, on-the job training (OJT)”.
In India, we are striving to match the standards and change the mind-set towards Plumbers because Plumber is a “Nation’s Water Supply Protector”. Plumber is the first soldier in the line of efense against diseases. Through this Skill Mela& Conclave we are creating different types of competitions among plumbers and will select 6 teams from here and 6 teams from Hyderabad event. Out of these teams, 1 winner team will participate in the World Skills Competition which will be held at Abu Dhabi on 14-19th October 2017, he also added.
Lack of professionally trained plumbers is a major drawback for country's construction and related sectors. IPSC isendeavoring to address these issues and is making efforts to bring the skill levels of our Country to World Standards through such events.
With rapid mechanism of Plumbing / Plumbing related Industry, it is important that skilling of manpower focuses on the latest technologies and equipment. IPSC endeavors to create National Occupational Standards (NOS), Development of Training Contents and curriculum, develop the Job roles which are in demand in India and Globally and also to give the recognition to Plumbing sector as an Individual trade as not the sub segment of Construction.
Plumbers and Contractors are required in majority in the Industries like Construction be it for Housing/Commercial, Water Treatment, Gas Supply, Fire Safety etc. Indian plumbing industry (manufactured products) is estimated at Rs. 20,000 Cr + market (G.I,PVC,CPVC & others) and growing over 15% CAGR.