Vocational training centre for 900 street kids in Maloya

Vocational training centre for 900 street kids in Maloya
Express News Service

Chandigarh, February 11: Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is going to construct a vocational training centre for 900 street children at Maloya. While the work on the Rs 9 crore project will start in March, the tenders would be floated next week.

According to the CHB officials, the proposed project would include a hostel for the street children, besides a vocational training centre, where they would be provided training to enable them to become self-dependent.

Chairman of CHB told Newsline that the project is being initiated at the request of UT Administration. He said the estimated cost of the project is around Rs nine crore.

Chief Executive Officer of CHB Amarnath said the documents of the tender are almost ready and by next week the tenders would be floated.

"The construction work of the vocational training centre will start by March or April and within a year the work should be completed," he said.

The project would help in the upliftment of 900 street children, who after their selection, would stay in the hostel and get the required training to make both ends meet.

While vocational training usually includes stitching, dress-designing, computer education and house-keeping, the Social Welfare Department wants to come up with need based vocational training at this centre.

Sources at UT Social Welfare Department said that various committees would be formed to chalk out modalities, right from the selection of street children to the finalisation of vocational training course for them.

Director of Social Welfare Department (UT) Amandeep Kaur said that the process of finalising things for the proposed centre would start soon. "We have to decide about the kind of training that has to to be given to the children, the criteria to be followed for the selection of children and the categories of children to be selected," she added.

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