CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES Development Council (CIDC) has been asked by Government departments to chalk out a forward linkage action plan to ensure higher wages to certified construction workers.
The CIDC has also been requested to prepare a database of skilled construction workers, so that their services could be sought and hired by organisations.
Participation of potential employers like major construction companies can also be enlisted. Issues relating to certification of construction workers were discussed in detail at a workshop organised by the Madhya Pradesh Rural
Livelihoods Project (MPRLP) here on Wednesday.
Various departments and agencies of the State Government mainly Forests, School Education, Watershed Mission, representatives of CIDC and officials from MPRLP took part in the workshop.
Addressing the workshop, MPRLP project coordinator Jitendra Agrawal said the CIDC should extend full support to certified workers to help them earn comparatively high wages for their improved skills.
Besides, it must have forward linkage plans ready before certification of construction workers. Representatives of Government department also expressed the concern, stating that job opportunities must increase for the trained and certified workers.
MPRLP State Coordinator Training Rajeev Saxena said the CIDC had conducted certification for 4,000 unskilled workers in villages covered under MPRLP.
Out of them, around 1,200 have been given certificates by Indira Gandhi National Open University. Certification process is underway.
Representative of CIDC Bhopal Sumiran Singh explained the role of CIDC and benefits of certification for the
workers and employers as well.
The workshop also discussed related issues like forward linkage of certified workers, preparing inventory of skilled workers, health education, participation of prominent builders in every district.