New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the customized Crash Course programme for Covid-19 frontline workers on Friday through video conferencing under the Skill India scheme. The course will train the front line workers in six different job roles and aims to impart training to one lakh Covid-19 warriors in its first phase. In his virtual address, PM Modi stated that “The next step of India’s fight against Covid-19 is beginning today”.
Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan were also present at the launch.
According to the Prime Minister’s office, the government will start 111 training centres spread over 26 states under the Customized Crash Course programme.
The programme aims to skill and upskill Covid-19 warriors across the country. The training will be provided to the warriors in six customised job roles namely home care support, basic care support, advanced care support, emergency care support, sample collection support, and medical equipment support.
The course is being offered under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0, with a total financial outlay of Rs. 276 crore, the PMO said.
The programme will create skilled non-medical healthcare workers to fill the present and future needs of manpower in the health sector.
“The course will give the youth of the nation an opportunity to serve humanity. I urge the youth to gain the skills needed to save the lives of people through this course”, said the PM in his address on the occasion. “The outbreak of Covid-19 has reiterated the importance of skill, re-skill and upskill. The second wave of covid-19 has shown the kind of challenges that India may have to face because of the virus. We need to be prepared and training more than one lakh frontline workers is a step in that direction”, added the PM.
(With ANI Inputs)