Indian Plumbing Skills Council provides a list of skilled and certified plumbers ready to provide essential services

News Desk, News Nation 360: Taking cognisance of the need for essential services like plumbing during the ongoing COVID 19 crisis, the Indian Plumbing Skills Council (IPSC) aligned to Skill India program, under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), has prepared a database of over 900 plumbers who are ready to provide their services during the lockdown period, across the country. The IPSC has also requested its affiliated training partners to conduct distribution drives of food and essential supplies to the needy and extended necessary support in the preparation and distribution activities. Over 70 training centres have also been nominated for conversion into food distribution/isolation centres. As per the order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on 15th April 2020, self-employed workforce including plumbers will be permitted to provide their services, from 20th April 2020. However, due to the nature of the job, drastic changes in procedures followed have been envisaged in the guidelines, especially pertaining to health and safety. The guidelines were put together by a special IPSC technical task force headed by eminent leaders and experts from the Indian Plumbing Fraternity. The Guidelines cover important DO's and DONT's and location-specific precautionary measures including residential buildings and apartments, hospitals, isolation centres, commercial complexes and other establishments. Some key highlights of the advisory are (1) Follow social distancing (2) Disinfecting tools, equipment, touchpoints – the quantity of solutions to be used (3) Prefer cashless transaction (4) Disposing of used material (5) Educating consumers for self-help in crisis (6) Maintaining a log for backtracking in case needed. Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship told, IPSC’s proactive efforts in creating these guidelines are commendable and a welcome step towards India’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. They must work together and support the efforts of their Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all healthcare workers that are fighting this pandemic in the frontline. The IPSC is constantly getting request from volunteers to contribute through their service to the nation, so this number of 900 will keep increasing. Dr Rajendra K Somany, Chairman, Indian Plumbing Skills Council told, the health & safety of the Indian citizens is of utmost importance. The plumbing workforce plays a very important role in protecting the health of the nation. These guidelines have been created by the Technical Taskforce spearheaded by Mr MK Gupta and Mr Vinay Gupta (Vice-Chairman, IPSC), as additional precautionary measures that the workforce must adhere to, in order to contain the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Report: Anustup Kundu

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