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Gas victims? wards given raw deal

MORE THAN 150 wards of gas-affected people have been served quite a raw deal as their applications for posts of skilled artisans with BHEL have been rejected. In many cases, they have the proper technical qualification, apprenticeship experience and some of them also underwent advanced training with BHEL.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 14:03 IST

MORE THAN 150 wards of gas-affected people have been served quite a raw deal as their applications for posts of skilled artisans with BHEL have been rejected. In many cases, they have the proper technical qualification, apprenticeship experience and some of them also underwent advanced training with BHEL.

The applications have been rejected on a very flimsy ground that their ITI training certificate has a seal of recognition of the State Council of Vocational Training (SCVT) instead of the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT), although candidates had completed a two-year course as provisioned by the NCVT. The SCVT only provisions a one-year course.

The failure of the Govindpura Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in giving proper seal of recognition to these candidates has put their entire career in jeopardy, a section of the candidates alleged at a press conference today.

These candidates had passed the two-year ITI course in the year 2002 and were under impression that these courses had NCVT recognition. When they found their certificate mentioning SCVT recognition, they took up the matter with the ITI authorities who assured that the recognition seal would be changed but this was not done, the candidates said.

Meanwhile, these students got into apprenticeship and later some of them even got advanced training opportunity with BHEL on the basis of the certificate, though the BHEL clearly put a requirement of NCVT recognition for the apprenticeship.

However, recently, when the candidates applied for the selection examination (being conducted by the Professional Education Board) for the posts of skilled artisans at the BHEL, their applications were rejected on the basis of lack of NCVT recognition, Mohammad Shakil one of the candidates said.

Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS) convenor Abdul Jabbar, who was present at press conference, said candidates had met Gas Relief and Industries Minister Babulal Gaur and have been assured that letters will be written to the BHEL Executive Director as well as the Union Heavy Industries Minister Santosh Mohan Deb to solve the issue.

Jabbar, however, said after 15 days a PIL would be filed at the High Court on behalf of these candidates. The candidates, themselves, would also meet the ED soon to demand justice.