Skill, Water Resources Ministries to join hands for Namami Gange

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New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) The Ministries of Water Resources and Skill Development are joining hands to develop skilled manpower for the Namami Gange project, an official release said on Friday.

The two Ministries will formally sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Saturday in this regard.

“The MoU intends to develop skilled manpower for laying sewerage pipeline, plumbing work, construction of toilets, civil masonry work, waste collection and its disposal activities,” the release said.

“It will also develop skills for preparing products from pious waste materials like flowers, leaves, coconuts, hair and associate plastic bags and plastic bottles etc. and the proper packaging and promotion of such products,” it added.

The MoU will also help in developing skills for operation and maintenance of pumps and submersible turbine pumps (STPs).

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As per the MoU, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation will develop the market for reuse/recycle of treated waste water to be released from STPs and ETPs (effluent submersible pumps) for various non-potable purposes.

It will also ensure necessary coordination and support from the state governments and state-level implementing agencies for various activities to be undertaken by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship as part of the Namami Gange programme.

The Ministry will also mobilise resources for the creation of Pradhan Mantri Namami Gange Kaushal Kendras in 60 districts covered under the Namami Gange Mission.

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will take the initiative in developing skills for preparing products from waste materials generated along the ghats of Ganga like flowers, leaves, coconut, hair and associated plastic bags and plastic bottles etc.

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The Ministry will also take the initiative in developing skills among the potential workforce in the region on sewage pipeline laying work, plumbing, construction of toilets, civil masonry work, waste collection and its disposal activities (in scientific manner) and training in other health and safety aspects during construction activities.

The MoU will remain in effect for a period of three years.

–IANS

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