New Delhi: Rubber, Chemical and Petrochemical Skill Development Council organized a meeting on 10th Oct with rubber stakeholders along with Indian Rubber Board on the Importance of Rubber Plantation, Reskilling & Skilling in Plantation.
The dignitaries expressed the challenges faced by the Rubber Industry. Speakers stated that industry has a huge workforce but mostly of them are unskilled, this there is an urgent requirement of training & skilling in Rubber Plantation.
RCPSDC’s Managing Director, Vinod T Simon said that there was a study conducted across 21 states in manufacturing and plantation sectors to understand the skill gap existing in the industry. Following this exercise, RCPSDC embarked on a massive reskilling programme, under which close to 1.5 lakh people have been trained across plantation, tyre and non-tyre sectors since 2015.
Dr. Umesh Chandra, Scientist at Rubber Board of India, emphasized on the importance of rubber plantation and also told it is eco-friendly. He stated that there is no negative effect of Rubber Plantation on the environment. Dr. Chandra also shared that Rubber board will introduce 9 Growers producers centre under the Chief Minister Samagra Unnayan Yojna, cost of 3.82 cr.
Shri Hem Kanta Talukdar, IFS, CCF, Dept. of Forest, Govt. of Assam encouraged growers to plant rubber plant in the non-forest land as well.
Hanif Noorani, ACS, Assistant. Mission Director, Assam Skill Development Mission assured for more skill development in rubber sector so that the quality of production increases.
Experts’ belief that the skill boost programmes in the rubber plantation sector, which has been an attempt to improve the quality and output, have brought in great benefits to the entire ecosystem.