Certificate distribution to trained Barefoot Technicians under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act

The Ministry of Rural Development (MORD), Government of India (GOI), organized an event to distribute certificates to 227 barefoot technicians trained on ILO-developed training materials.

Around 227 barefoot technicians (BFTs) have been trained in four pilot States (Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala and Rajasthan) in India on ILO-developed training modules, linked to National Occupational Standards, under the GOI's National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme. First batch of 227 young qualified BFTs (of which more than 50% were women) successfully underwent the 90 days training programme. They received their certificates from Ram Kirpal Yadav, Minister of State for Rural Development, and Aparajita Sarangi, Joint Secretary,Ministry of Rural Development (MORD), at an event organized by the government.

MORD's target is to provide training to 7260 BFTs in 18 States by 31 March 2017 through the existing 20 Master Trainers and 295 Trainers. The objectives are to create employment in rural areas and also quality assets.