04 August 2009

Indian assistance to build vocational training centers in Northern Sri Lanka for displaced youth

03rd August 2009, www.colombopage.com

Sri Lanka's Institute for Construction Training and Development (ICTAD) has entered into an agreement with the Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) of India, a joint body of Government of India and the Indian construction industry to reconstruct the infrastructure in the war-devastated North and the East.

According to a memorandum of cooperation signed by the two institutes a steering group would be set up to develop a plan for Sri Lanka. Nissanka N. Wijeratne, Secretary, Ministry of Construction, and Engineering Services would chair the group.

P. R. Swarup, Director General of CIDC has told the Hindu newspaper that the recognizing the vital role of infrastructure development in human rehabilitation programmes, the CIDC has decided to develop a plan for the country.

According to Swarup, the CIDC will design and establish vocational skill training centers in Jaffna, Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa to facilitate the rehabilitation of displaced Tamil civilians by providing skill training in construction trades.

The joint effort plans to train over 70,000 displaced youth in construction industry as supervisors, laboratory technicians, masons, carpenters, plumbers, and welders.

The ICTAD sees the measure as a way to provide the youth opportunities to rebuild their own homes and other infrastructure facilities in the region.

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