New Delhi, Feb 3: The apex skilling body of the Indian Plumbing Industry, IPSC (Indian Plumbing Skills Council) organised the mega event, ''Plumbing Skills Mahotsav'', which was inaugurated by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan here on Sunday at Thyagraj Stadium.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the efforts of IPSC in a written message, ''hereby take this opportunity to congratulate Indian Plumbing Skills Council for their stupendous effort of organising the Plumbing Skills Mahotsav 2019, an occasion which will not only bring together around 10,000 plumbers on a single platform, but it would also be the biggest such event ever conducted.
It would also be a unique opportunity for the entire plumbing fraternity - industry, ministry and plumbing work force - to converge and pave the way forward together. The Skilling world has its eyes set on scale, speed and precision, the three cornerstones on which the event will be poised, I believe.''
''Plumbing is a technical skill having a vast range of application across all the sectors of Economy – Agricultural, Manufacturing, Industrial, Construction and Domestic. Latest plumbing techniques can go a long way in maintaining public health and realizing an environment- related goals such as effective water management and its conservation,'' the Prime Minister added.
Mr Pradhan said, ''The plumbing industry has an important role in providing jobs and livelihoods to millions of people across the country. India has been blessed with demographic dividend with a potential to take us to great heights and it is our responsibility to work together towards reaping that potential.''
''With majority of the plumbing industry workforce in India informally trained, it is imperative for us to incorporate technological interventions to expand the horizon of skill training across our plumbing workforce to match with the global standards,'' Mr Pradhan added.
The day long event was attended by almost 10,000 plumbers from all parts of North India who were trained in the latest plumbing techniques and were also handed out participation certificates.
Many who have already undergone skill training and assessment are also being felicitated with the IPSC-Skill India Certification. One of the biggest highlight of the event was the launch of Plumber Konnect – World’s 1st Mobile App which aims to bring certified plumbers closer to its users.
Plumbing Skills Mahotsav also witnessed the best plumbers being handpicked for International and Domestic placements by the companies as a part of the Job Fair.
Other excitement at the mega event includes Lucky Draw including Motorcycles, TVs, Tool Kits, and Prizes among others.
Speaking at the Plumbing Skills Mahotsav, Dr RK Somany, Chairman, Indian Plumbing Skills Council (IPSC) said, ''We at IPSC understand the value of plumbers. They are the first soldiers in the line of defense against issues such as water shortage, water-borne diseases and play a very vital role in keeping the society clean and safe. We have made a promise to the community and country to train a workforce of 12 Lakh by 2022, out of which we have already trained and certified more than 90,000 plumbers. IPSC, through its various activities, is putting Indian plumbers on a global platform.''
Dr Somany said, "Plumbing Skills Mahotsav initiative is undertaken to advocate the public about the importance of plumbing and also educate our plumbers in India about the important work they undertake. It is very heartening to see women plumbers here today amongst us and this has only been possible owing to training and inclusivity offered by IPSC.'' (UNI)