According to the International Labour Organisation, more than 90% of India's workforce is employed in the informal sector. The majority of these are daily wage earners working in the construction field as laborers. With the country vide lockdown, the worst affected in this Coronavirus crisis are these daily wagers and laborers. The curfew has robbed them of their daily income. Millions of workers have migrated back to their hometowns. The halt of construction activity has rendered them helpless.
We plan to conduct vocational training called "Recognition of Prior Learning" for these laborers in their villages. We would provide them 15 days of non-residential training for skills in construction skills. They would be first evaluated for their existing skills, skills gaps would be identified. Then skill up-gradation and soft skill training would be provided. Free food would be provided during training and construction tool kits would be provided post-training to help commence the work.
Long Term Impact:
Job loss and curfew have created a lot of distress and depression among daily wage workers. We plan to help them build confidence, improve skills, and get skill certification for a better job. Free food during training should help address some of the family pressure and tool kit should help them commence work. We plan to train 2,000 laborers in 3 to 6 months. In the long run, they would go back and join the construction projects across India and would start earning better wages due to better skills.
Alina Parmatham Foundation
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