AIADMK to train dalit students
July 31, 2011
By Pramila Krishnan
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the AIADMK government has decided
to train dalit students to work on ships.
Around 40 students will be trained this year in the first phase for
assisting captains and other officers on ships. This flagship training
programme of the state Adi Dravida department will begin in August at
the Tuticorin port and placements provided soon after completion of
the three-month course.
Sources said since the DMK government had failed to deliver on its
promise to train dalit girls as airhostesses, the AIADMK government
was keen on executing this project for training dalit students in jobs
"We have reviewed the failure of the DMK government scheme to train
100 dalit girls as airhostesses and get them jobs. We have spotted the
drawbacks. CM has asked us to execute the shipping training programme
with much care. We must place all our students without fail", a source
Initially, the scheme will have only boy cadets and could be extended
to girls "at a later stage, with modifications", another source said.
Adi Dravida department senior officials have been given training by
the National Institute of Rural Development to chart out innovative
methods to implement the government programmes, they said.
The government has decided to refurbish the Adi Dravida hostels in a big way.
"There are several hostels which do not have compound walls. Over 700
Adi Dravida schools which do not have basic facilities, like toilets,
will be improved. Libraries will be built in big hostels", a senior
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