All National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs) have been readied by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) as quarantine centres to fight the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). MSDE has taken this step in order to align its efforts with the central government’s efforts against the pandemic which has led to a nationwide lockdown for 3 weeks to encourage social distancing among people.
More key measures taken by MSDE are:
- The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been facilitated with a list of around one lakh personnel trained in healthcare skills through various programmes under the Skill India Mission. This force is expected to boost the efforts to contain the COVID-19 spread, and treatment and care of infected people in the new quarantine/ isolation/ hospital facilities.
- The employees of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will contribute at least one day salary to PM cares Fund.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship: Mahendra Nath Pandey.