The central government's Skill Development and Vocational Training Scheme for construction labourers, which was to be implemented on November 1, has failed to take off in the district.The labour department officials said after receiving directives from the Centre, the state government had directed them to kick-start the scheme in November and provide free training to construction labourers and free vocational education to their children.
However, the district administration is yet to approve the selected institutions which will train the applicants.
The labour department is also undecided about the provision of a certificate to candidates upon completion of training.
As per information obtained from the labour department, a total of 30,271 construction labourers are registered with the department.
The department had received around 1,800 applications for skill development and 700 for vocational training.
An official of the labour department said due to lack of awareness programmes about the scheme and delay in implementation, the department had received lukewarm response for the scheme.
In a survey conducted by the ministry of labour and employment, only 5% of the labour force in the age group of 20-24 years in India has sufficient vocational skills.
In its survey conducted during January 2009 to 2012, the ministry discovered that about 53% of school students dropped out of different classes before reaching Class 10 and most of them took up construction work.
Under the scheme, the department has to prepare the lists of all applicants and the suitable locations for training centres.
The lists of applicants should then be sent to the sub-divisional magistrates concerned for approval and then they would be forwarded to the state department for final approval.
As per the scheme, the beneficiaries will receive free skill development training under 3-6 months courses in Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in each state and will receive Rs 5,000 stipend per month from the government.
The children of construction labourers can also avail of the facility of free vocational study.
Amrik Chand, a resident of Pindoli village near Admpur, said: "I signed up for carpentry training nearly two months ago. But I haven't received any response yet."
Kanchan Kaur, a resident of Bhargo camp, said: "I got to know about the scheme in September and applied for the computer diploma. Officials of the labour department said the process would take two months. But they haven't responded till now."
However, Sukhjinder Singh, assistant labourer commissioner, Jalandhar, said, "I have already spoken to higher authorities about the implementation of the scheme in the district.
We will soon send the applicants list to the sub-divisional magistrate concerned to obtain clearance. After that, the lists will be forwarded to Chandigarh for a final approval. The process will take some time."