India to help in skill development of Afghanistan

Recognising capacity building as a key element in rebuilding of Afghanistan, India will help the war-torn country in skill development programme and employment generation initiatives under a pact signed today.

Updated: Jun 16, 2010, 18:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Recognising capacity building
as a key element in rebuilding of Afghanistan, India will help
the war-torn country in skill development programme and
employment generation initiatives under a pact signed today.

The MoU signed between Labour and Employment Minister
Mallikarjun Kharge and Afghanistan`s Deputy Minister in
Ministry of Labour Mohammad Ghous Bashiri in Geneva envisages
expansion of vocational training programmes in Afghanistan
with India`s support as well as technical support in its other
skill development initiatives.

The initiatives include selection of viable vocational
skill, setting up the procedures for providing modular skills
and procedures for certification.

India will also provide technical support in developing
a comprehensive employment strategy for Afghanistan in order
to enable Government of Afghanistan to tackle its major
problem of large scale unemployment, said a senior Labour
Ministry official here.

Besides, India will offer technical assistance for
drafting labour related rules and regulations for its new
labour laws and in developing mechanism for better enforcement
of labour laws there.

The official said India will also give technical
support to the Afghanistan Government`s Ministry of Social
Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled in establishment of the Labour
Research and Resource Centre in Afghanistan.

This institute will act as a nodal department for
coordinating and conducting research, providing resources and
conducting training on labour related issues.

The MoU also envisages that the Indian Government will
provide technical support to Afghanistan in developing a
policy to handle issues relating to child labour and designing
the rehabilitation programs on the line of the National Child
Labour Project (NCLP) scheme.

India has been undertaking reconstruction and rebuilding
programmes in Afghanistan since 2002 under a 1.3 billion
dollar package as part of capacity building of the country.

As part of the assistance, India is building roads,
power projects and schools and providing medical care and
undertaking social development.

PTI