The decision of the Madhya Pradesh directorate of skill development to close down a few trades in the Government Gas Relief and Rehabilitation Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) has raised the hackles of Bhopal gas tragedy survivors.
They feel the closure of trades would reduce opportunities of vocational training for youths.
The institute had recently closed vocations, including steno (Hindi/English), painter (general), dress making, cutting and sewing and embroidery.
Talking to Hindustan Times, convener of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan, Abdul Jabbar, said: “These are useful trades for the youth of gas survivor families that are mostly economically backward. There is no reason why the trades should be closed. It only looks like a conspiracy against gas survivors to me.”
The issue has now been taken up with the minister and principal secretary of technical education department.
According to sources in the ITI, each of the trades has 21 seats and almost all seats were filled up over the past few years.
This year the directorate had also allowed to give admission to students from non-gas affected families on the vacant seats.
Jabbar has now written to higher education minister Umashankar Gupta and principal secretary Sanjay Singh in the matter.
Gupta has told HT that the matter has been brought to his notice and that he would get the matter examined.
Sources said that after receiving Jabbar’s letter, the directorate of skill development had already initiated steps to restore the trades.
While principal secretary technical education Sanjay Singh or director (skill development) Sibi Chakravarty could not be contacted, as both were out of station, the joint director BS Thakur told HT over phone that “the trades would be restored.”