A total of eight City Livelihood Centres, one in each zone, would be set up under the jurisdiction of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), according to GVMC Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana.
The Commissioner directed the Zonal Commissioners to initiate steps in this regard at a meeting held in his chamber. He said that skilled artisans were eking out livelihood at the mercy of contractors due to lack of employment opportunities.
He said that the National Urban Livelihood Mission had issued orders for establishment of City Livelihood Centres to improve the job prospects of skilled artisans and to ensure that they got fair wages based on their skills. The mission would provide grants of Rs.10 lakh to each of the City Livelihood Centres. He said that buildings had already been identified in each zone for the setting up of the centres.
Services relating to carpentry, gardening, construction, security, plumbing, electrical, security and house-keeping would be made available through the centres. The centres apart from providing employment to skilled persons would also make available quality and reliable services to people.
Additional Commissioner Purnachandra Rao, Chief Engineer B. Vijayram Reddy, UCD Project Director Panduranga Rao, Zonal Commissioners Shivaji, Sriram Murthy, Y. Srinivasa Rao and Vijayalakshmi were among those who attended.