Rubber Skill Development Council (RSDC) has launched project SAAMRATH, aimed at skilling, up-skilling and re-skilling of 10 lakh manpower involved in the Rubber sector as mandated by the Indian Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. The trainings are being provided under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) across Natural Rubber plantation, Tyre Services and Rubber Manufacturing.

Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) said, “Rubber sector generates large scale employment and is an important contributor to India’s GDP. It goes to the credit of RSDC that they have undertaken an in-depth study of the sector, conducted skill gap analyses and have standardized job roles across manufacturing, rubber plantation and services segments”.

Natural Rubber Plantation segment accounts for the maximum push under the Saamrath project with a target of one million skilling training by 2020.

“Over one million people are involved in NR plantation and the requirements of skilling are huge for increasing both production and productivity. RSDC has joined hands with Rubber Board of India in up-skilling the growers so as to maximize the production of rubber plantations. Rubber Board as Training Partner of RSDC has seasoned expertise to spearhead the skilling drive in NR plantations”, said Vinod Simon, Chairman RSDC.

Besides Kerala, Rubber Board of India is undertaking skill training in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tripura, Assam, Goa, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and Tamil Nadu. Apart from the Natural Rubber Plantation segment, wide spread re-skilling drives have taken over the manufacturing across the country, under this project. Industries like, Elgi Rubber Company Ltd., ISMAT, JK Fenner, Stork Rubber, Rubek Balloon, Emrald Tyres and many more, have taken a step forward to get their employees re-skilled.

The Tyre Service and Maintenance segment of this project was marked by the launch of Mobile Tyre Service Skill Van, fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, here in New Delhi. The van has been mobilized with a view to move it across different state highways, villages and towns, creating awareness about skill requirement for tyre service and maintenance and safety on roads associated with upkeep of the tyres.

“Tyre Fitters’ role is an important one. A tyre fitter not only repairs a tyre but also advises the transporter/ trucker about the condition of the tyre, good tyre upkeep, precautions that need to be taken for improving the life of a tyre etc. RSDC’s move to bridge this gap with technical experts reaching out to tyre fitters deserves all support”, said Rajiv Budhraja, Director General, Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association (ATMA).