Georgina Jarman Lamare & Kabir Arora
With the support of the National Safaikarmacharis Finance & Development Corporation (NSKFDC) and Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET) has initiated three- and six-months programme of skill development in plastic processing. The Alliance of Indian Waste-pickers reached out to the NSKFDC to provide that training to waste-pickers and their sons and daughters and include them as a priority group. The training is given free of cost, hostel facilities are provided by CIPET and later support is given for placement. The placements are in plastic manufacturing and recycling units with market competitive salaries. The minimum requirement to be eligible for the training is being 8th Pass to 12th Pass and above the age of 18.
Last year, the Alliance members based in different cities, Bangalore, Vijayawada, Guntur, Delhi, Shillong, Mumbai, Pune visited the CIPET facilities in their respective states to learn about the training programme. The waste-pickers group based in Shillong: Iainehskhem Self Help Group and Bangalore: Hasiru Dala, followed up the conversation with CIPET and pursued enrolment of their members’ children in the three months course. A biodata with information about education status, languages known, a copy of the address proof and copies of school certificates is all it requires to get enrolled.
After the visit, four daughters: Cynthia Marboh, Ibapynhunshisha Kharnaior, Lasanshisha Syjemlieh, Lavina Lyngdoh Peinlang and two sons: Jamshaphrang Syjemlieh, Saiborlang Noongsiej of waste-pickers in Shillong enrolled in the given course at CIPET, Guwahati. The course provided machine operating skills for manufacturing thermoplastic and thermoset plastic. The machines include Injection Moulding Machine, Blow Moulding Machine, Extrusion Moulding Machine, Hand Injection Moulding Machine, Extrusion Blow Moulding Machine. All six have finished the training and have been placed in a company Hyderabad with market competitive salaries and other benefits.