Modi launches crash course to skill, upskill over one lakh ‘Covid warriors’

PM urges people to remain cautious, stressing that the virus is ‘still amongst us’

New Delhi, June 18

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched a customised crash course programme that aims to skill and upskill over one lakh "Covid warriors" across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi urged the people to remain cautious, stressing that the virus is "still amongst us" and the possibility of it mutating is also there.

He said the central government is committed to providing Covid vaccination free to everyone, starting June 21.

"In the second wave of coronavirus, we saw what kind of challenges the ever-changing form of this virus can bring before us," Modi said.

"We have to further enhance the preparedness of the country to meet the challenges ahead," Modi asserted.

With this goal in mind, a massive campaign to prepare about 1 lakh frontline "Covid warriors" is being started in the country, he said.

Modi said work is under way on a war footing to ready over 1,500 oxygen plants and efforts are on to reach every district.

The Customised Crash Course programme for Covid Frontline workers aims to skill and upskill over one lakh "Covid warriors" across the country, according to the PMO.

The training will be imparted to them in six customised job roles, namely home care support, basic care support, advanced care support, emergency care support, sample collection support, and medical equipment support.

The course has been designed as a special programme under the central component of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0, with total financial outlay of Rs 276 crore, the PMO said.

The programme would create skilled non-medical health-care workers to fill the present and future needs of manpower in the health sector, it said. PTI

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