Staff Reporter

CII SME Cluster Project launched `CII SME Cluster Project' launched to impart training to about 2,500 persons in various trades

Vijayawada: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Thursday launched `CII SME Cluster Project' for Krishna district to impart training to about 2,500 persons in trades such as electrical installation, motor vehicle engineering, carpentry, plumbing, machine operation, air-conditioning, refrigeration services, painting, beauty therapy, house-keeping and retail management.

The project commences in March 2007 and is scheduled for completion in 24 months. The CII is partnering with City & Guilds, a UK-based vocational skill-certifying agency, in executing the project.

Krishna District Collector Navin Mittal, while launching the project, appreciated the efforts of the CII to initiate the SME cluster project in Vijayawada. He said the Government was keen to promote Krishna district as an industrial hub and was taking many initiatives in this regard. Projects such as IT Park at Gannavaram, Apparel Park at Kanchikacharla, paper and wood pulp industry at Jaggaiahpet and a multi-product park at Machilipatnam were in pipeline, he said.

CII southern region SME sub-committee chairman Ramesh Datla said the cluster development project was initiated in 2002 to improve the performance of small and medium enterprises and to enable them to compete globally. Energy management, cost management and quality management were three deliverables of the project, he said, adding that the `Swayam Upadhi Bata' (path to self-employment) was initiated to address the unemployment problem and develop skilled personnel.

CII Andhra Pradesh director and head Saugat Mukherjee, CII Vijayawada zonal council chairman M. Venu Gopal and past chairman D. Ramakrishna and others spoke on the occasion.