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Guwahati, Feb. 27: PowerGrid, the largest power transmission utility in the country, is training manpower in the Northeast, so that contractors do not have to engage workers from outside for projects in the region.

The move is expected to reduce delays and other problems.

An investment of Rs 1,80,000 crore has been envisaged in the transmission sector in the 12th Five Year Plan, for which 3,000 people are required to be trained from the entire country.

Chief manager (human resources), PowerGrid Corporation of India Ltd, Guwahati, A.K. Borthakur, said delays in project implementation owing to manpower problems were discussed by the Union power ministry and the corporation took up the challenge of training local manpower.

“People who come to work in the region from outside often face problems and there have been reports of kidnapping from PowerGrid projects in the region. Apart from this, they often face homesickness too,” he said.

“We will train up to 1,500 people from the Northeast, which can be increased depending on the work,” Borthakur said. He added that 35 people who had enrolled after qualifying the entry parameters for the first batch of skill development programme on transmission line erection at the Transmission Line Management Institute at Nagaon have already received their certificates.

“The youths after successful completion of training are now ready to be employed in various agencies executing power projects in the region as well as in other parts of the country,” he said.

The National Council of Vocational Training has approved the three-month course, which is a modular employment skill under the skill development initiative of the ministry of labour and employment.

Training is being imparted under the guidance of experienced transmission line engineers and fitters. Besides providing free three-month training on tower erection, use of tools and plants, each trainee receives a monthly stipend of Rs 3,000. The course also provides manpower to contracting agencies engaged in construction of various ongoing as well as upcoming projects. “The initiative would help cope with the challenges arising out of shortage of adequately skilled workforce for execution of various projects besides providing opportunities to unemployed youths to earn their livelihood,” Borthakur said.

PowerGrid had signed agreements with Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura last year to provide its technical and managerial support for improvement in the intra-state transmission and distribution systems in the states.