The day is not far when your plumber visits your house with an identification card with his name and grade on it. This implies not only on plumbers but also semi-skilled labourers like electricians, masons and others.
The Madhya Pradesh government has started the pilot project for certification of labourers under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Skill Development Scheme.
"State government has started gradation and certification process of the labourers under Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) programme of skill development mission," said principal secretary of technical education department, Sanjay Singh.
Under the project, training, gradation and certification process has started at Bhopal and Indore, to be followed soon by cities like Jabalpur and Gwalior.
Madhya Pradesh Council for Vocational Education and Training (MPCVET), the agency carrying out the programme, has tied up with Board of Construction Workers (BCW) and workers registered with the board are being trained under the programme, said Singh. BCW has 20 lakh registered workers.
The labourers are trained and graded at the construction site. Construction labourers are divided into 8 categories like painters, centering, wiring etc. To encourage them for participation, the government also provides compensation to them for the working hours they dedicate for training. The trainers have been prepared and accredited by MPCVET.
"This is just the beginning and other vocational capsule courses are being prepared by the MPCVET. In the coming days, small duration capsule courses and gradation would be done for labourers of various categories," said Singh.
Once the labourers are categorized, they would be given identity cards with their grade category mentioned on it. Once such development is complete, these labourers could not be exploited in terms of their wages or talent, added Singh.