News ID: 260104
Published: 1131 GMT October 12, 2019

India imports skilled labor for infrastructure projects

India imports skilled labor for infrastructure projects

After importing metals and machineries from developed countries, contractors of infrastructure projects are now deploying welding and cutting operators from China, Russia and East European countries due to a huge shortage of domestic skilled welding workforce.

All the infrastructure projects including roads, railways and bridges, power and shipping are dependent on proper metal joining technology which can be executed only by trained and certified manpower, The Hindu Business Line wrote.

The Indian Institute of Welding has estimated a short supply of 1.2 million welding professionals including welders, cutters, fitters, equipment operators besides engineers and inspectors.

The current shortage of 1.2 million welding professionals may balloon to 1.35 million in the next three years given over huge infrastructure investments planned by the government over the next five years.

The Indian Institute of Welding has sought decisive action from the Skill Development Ministry to promote welding education of international standard in India.

R Srinivasan, spokesperson and past-president of IIW said projects to add 90,000 MW power generation capacities and creating new construction assets are facing issues over timely completion due to insufficiently skilled workforce.

The National mission to build 20km a day of new highways is already running behind while the ‘Make-in-India’ campaign had pushed up growth prospects of manufacturing sector, but there is a perennial shortage of skilled labor especially in construction, automobile, power and defense sectors, he said.

Kamal Shah, Chairman (Mumbai Branch), IIW said the International Congress 2020 and Weld India expo to be held next February in Mumbai would discuss ways to overcome the skilled labor shortage with the participation of bureaucrats, public sector companies and various state governments.


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