A key meeting of knitting and textile industry leaders with officials of the National Skill Development Center (NSDC) and technical education and industrial training took place in Ludhiana on Thursday. It was decided in the meeting that a multi-skill development centre would be established in every district of the state, so that training for skill development in different industries could be provided at one place.
Several issues related to lack of skilled labour were discussed in the meeting.
Industry leaders stated that there was acute shortage of skilled labour in Ludhiana, and this was a cause of concern. Punjab technical education and industrial training director B Purushartha listened to the grievances of leaders from knitting, shawl, textile and allied industry, and discussed the requirements of courses for skill development.
Industry leaders were also asked to provide training to the students of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) of the state after which they could be provided with employment opportunities in these units.
Knitwear Club secretary Charanjiv Singh gave a detailed presentation regarding the requirement of courses by the industry here. Shingora Textiles Ltd managing director Mridula Jain said there was a need of short-term courses for progress of Ludhiana industry.
On the question of low wages being paid to the labourers in Ludhiana industry, Knitwear and Apparel Manufacturers Association of Ludhiana (KAMAL) president Sudershan Jain said labourers in Ludhiana industry were not underpaid and were being provided proper wages.
Purushartha said new courses, including knitting, textile and allied industries would be started soon.
A meeting of principals of all ITIs of Punjab would take place in Ludhiana on January 30 in which both industry and principals would discuss nature of courses.