Skill Ministry observes Swacchta Pakhwada

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GUWAHATI, July 31: In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), and its administrative units such as NSDC, DGT and JSS observed Swachhta Pakhwada 2020 with a thematic campaign #SkillSeSwachhta from July 15-31. The pakhwada aimed at raising awareness about the importance of cleanliness in daily life and the role of good hygiene for healthy living.

Stressing upon hygiene during the current pandemic times, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), in collaboration with Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC) organized a webinar ‘Role of Hygiene in Fighting Covid-19 Epidemic’ and ‘Review of Preparations for Reopening of Training Centres’. The webinar aimed at empowering citizens with right information and best practices to contain the spread of the pandemic. MSDE also reviewed preparations to ensure strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as well as preventive and response measures to reopen skill development training centres post lockdown. It was graced by Sunita Sanghi, Senior Adviser, MSDE and the panel discussion was moderated by Ashish Jain, CEO, HSSC. The speakers on the panel included Dr Rakesh Garg, Addl. Professor, AIIMS, Delhi; Dr Vanita Mittal, GM, Academics, Max institute of Medical Excellence, Max Healthcare and Dr Reeva Paul Gupta, Project Director, Tech Mahindra Foundation.

Notably, MSDE has aligned its efforts to stand in solidarity with the Government to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic in India and has launched several measures to support Centre’s efforts to beef up the healthcare system. Apart from making provisions for all National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs) and their hostels across the country into quarantine or isolation facilities, MSDE has also provided a list of 1.5 lakh trained healthcare workers to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for deployment as healthcare warriors in the fight against coronavirus.

Emphasizing on the role of hygiene in our fight against the global pandemic, Sanghi, said, “Our healthcare professionals are putting a brave front against the pandemic and are working tirelessly to provide utmost medical care and services to people affected due to coronavirus. The workforce in every sector, be it airports, hotels, hospitality or security staff, all must be trained and equipped to cater to customers under testing conditions. In the current environment, every individual can be a corona warrior by maintaining personal and environmental hygiene to contain the spread of the virus.”

Ashish Jain, said, “Skilled healthcare workers have been the true warriors working tirelessly towards prevention against novel Coronavirus since its outbreak in the country. Healthcare SSC, in guidance with NSDC, aims to build a stronger infrastructure and highly trained workforce by fortifying our skill development initiatives to combat the pandemic. Through Swacchata Pakhwada 2020, we aim to inspire behavioural change and emphasize on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene to ensure personal safety and wellbeing.”

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