Environment & Skill Development Ministries Sign MoU to train one lakh RAC Service Technicians

The exchange of MoU between two Ministries

Emphasising that India is being globally lauded for its green initiatives and commitment to environment and climate change, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan today said that Skill India is an endeavour by the Government to act as a catalyst in bringing about a change by skilling, up-skilling and reskilling technicians to bring down the emission of harmful greenhouse gases. The Minister pointed out that our nation is now being seen as a trailblazer in clean and green energy under the able leadership of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

"I feel privileged and honoured to be a part of the launch of this unique project and we must ensure its efficient implementation and monitoring", Dr. Harsh Vardhan said. The Minister pointed out that even prior to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding today, MoEF & CC has already launched a Green Skill Mission, adding that under the Mission, within the next three years, training will be imparted to 5 lakh 86 thousand persons. He added that courses to provide skill development to scientists and technicians have also been drawn up in the Ministry of Science and Technology. Dr. Harsh Vardhan quoted the example of Andhra Pradesh Government, which has started the process of providing skill development in the leather industry to about 10, 000 persons at a cost of 30 crore.

Addressing the gathering, Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Dharmendra Pradhan invited the leaders of the industry to invest in equal measure in the initiative to skill technicians. "I urge the industry to make equal contribution towards training of such technicians so that we further strengthen our industries and our youth. The focus on skill development should be as much as we have on research and production today", he added.

Pointing out that the Prime Minister's attempt at enhancing the training skills has been made a part of the skill eco system, the Minister stated that this is great example of the Ministries working together to make the New India of our dreams. He also underlined that it is imperative that the two Ministries work in close conjunction with the respective Sector Skill Councils to identify the new age job roles which are relevant to the market today. The Minister also emphasised the need to map their demand and co -create a curriculum and pedagogy to ensure a robust skill training ecosystem and its outcome in terms of the productive workforce that India will have.

Earlier, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministries of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. The MoU was exchanged by the Joint Secretaries in both the Ministries to jointly undertake upskilling and certification of 100,000 RAC service technicians on good servicing practices and knowledge of alternative refrigerants to ozone-depleting chemicals. The project will be funded under the Skill India Mission - Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).

Since India is party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the country is in the process of phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and in the future, even non-ODS gases with high global warming potential will be phased down.

The alternative refrigerants have issues like flammability and toxicity concerns. As a result, skill training for technicians is of paramount importance, not only for improving employment opportunities, but also in educating them about safety requirement, energy efficiency and refrigerant leak minimisation.