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Skill development training for Delhi domestic helps

delhi Updated: Jul 04, 2009 21:07 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday launched a skill development programme to train about 100,000 domestic workers in New Delhi in a variety of subjects ranging from personal hygiene to first-aid.

The initiative would also educate such workers about intra-personal communication skills, components of urban meals, management of urban kitchens, serving cooked food in formal environment and maintaining kitchen gardens.

The initiative is a joint effort of the labour and employment ministry, the Delhi government and the International Labour Organisation.

The chief minister described it as a major initiative which would pave the way for the skill development of domestic helps working in the capital and its adjoining regions.

"Ninety per cent of such workers receive no formal education and training though they work with full commitment in their workplace and are deprived of any opportunity of their skill development," said an official statement in New Delhi.