Indian mission hosts manpower event

Sajila Saseendran/Dubai
Filed on February 18, 2016 | Last updated on February 18, 2016 at 06.18 am

 Governments of two Indian states are addressing the "skill gaps" in the availability of manpower from India by conducting road shows for employers in the UAE and holding training and orientation programmes for workers back home.

The governments of Uttar Pradesh and Telangana, which are among the top senders of blue-collar workers to the UAE along with Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan, will organise the first such road show for UAE employers this weekend, the Indian Consulate announced on Wednesday.

"The consulate is hosting the road show on behalf of theses state governments," Deputy Consul-General of India K. Muraleedharan told reporters at a Press conference.

He said the aim of the event is to help the governments to understand the actual skills required in workers by the UAE-based companies.

"Our interaction with the employers here in the past has revealed that some of them are finding it difficult to get adequately trained professionals for the specified job. This will be a conference for representatives of the state governments to meet the employers and understand their actual requirements so that they can give tailor-made training and orientation to the workers."

He said both the governments will be represented at the ministerial level and the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, T.P. Seetharam, will also take part at the event to be held in the Indian Consulate Auditorium on Saturday afternoon.

"We are expecting at least 40 to 50 big UAE companies employing Indian workers to participate.This is our first such initiative. If it is successful, we will have more such initiatives," he said.

Skill India is a Government of India initiative where they train people for skilled jobs specifically with reference to the Make in India initiative. But, the states where there are many workers interested in overseas jobs are now trying to help them through similar initiatives before sending them abroad.

"They are also giving proper orientation to workers about the duties over here, the working conditions and climate," he added.

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