The Covid-19 pandemic is ready so as to add a brand new syllabus within the Union authorities’s ability growth programme, with an company that operates beneath the ability ministry making ready a coaching module for Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) tanker drivers, with provide of medical oxygen rising, and lots of states buying tankers.

Documents out there with HT present that the Chennai-based Logistics Sector Skill Council (LSSC), a society arrange by the ministry of ability growth and entrepreneurship, has ready a module for this and already skilled just a few drivers.

The society stated a sub-committee has been constituted to concentrate on coaching liquid medical oxygen tanker drivers because it requires “niche skills”.

Liquid oxygen is taken into account a hazardous materials to move (one cause why it might probably’t be transported by air), and requires drivers to bear particular coaching.

Autonomous business physique All India Industrial Gases Manufacturers’ Association stated it welcomes the transfer, however raised issues about who will conduct the coaching.

“To meet immediate requirement, hazardous material certified drivers (Haz-Mat Drivers) who are with Transporters who are Members of the Indian Chemical Council will be given a tutored online training module. Drivers will also be provided a structured apprenticeship wherein the driver will be assessed after undertaking two return trips (empty tanker),” a letter from LSSC to the highest brass of the ability growth ministry stated.

The proposal additionally consists of bodily coaching for such drivers at ability centres close to LMO manufacturing premises by licensed grasp trainers beneath the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) format adopted by apprenticeship.

India has about 1,200 tankers which can be presently deployed to ferry the LMO throughout the nation. The nation confronted an acute oxygen disaster in April and May as Covid instances surged in the course of the second wave.

More oxygen tankers had been pressed into motion.

The communication additional stated, as most of those automobiles are repeatedly on the transfer and therefore should be deployed with two drivers: “The drivers for LMO Tankers (cryogenic tankers) are especially trained and are in short supply. Covid pandemic is further fast depleting available human resource.”

The ability growth programme is an formidable venture of the Union authorities to coach younger individuals in a number of sectors similar to development, telecom, logistics, handicrafts, and jewelry. After the primary wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many migrant staff who returned dwelling had been inspired to take up a few of these coaching programmes.

But that is the primary time a coaching programme for oxygen tanker drivers has been deliberate.

Under the ability mission, apprenticeship of business automobile drivers is for six months.

As the requirement is to have drivers out there as quickly as doable , the drivers will probably be deemed to have accomplished the apprenticeship as soon as they’re assessed as competent by the native ability centres and the employer.

The paperwork additionally stated that “there is a need to create a ‘bench strength’ of 2,400 drivers allowing for attrition due to Covid and other factors and it is intended to focus on the manufacturing locations of the oxygen plants. The driver distribution geography and the physical locations of the manufacturing plants.”

“We, AIIGMA, supply 95% of all gases required in the country. It is good if the skills ministry decides to train drivers. But the key issue is who will be the trainers? Cryogenic tanker driving requires specialised training. AIIGMA with the support of PESO (Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation) have been conducting training programmes and organising workshops on safe handling of liquid cryogenics and on safety while filling, storing and transporting compressed gas in cylinders,” stated Saket Tiku, president of All India Industrial Gases Manufacturers Association.

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