Free bicycles for 23k ITI students

Free bicycles for 23k ITI students

As many as 23,000 SC/ST students studying in industrial training  institutes (ITIs) in the state will receive free bicycles from the current academic year (2016-17), Minister of State for Labour B T Parameshwara Naik said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Naik said SC/ST students studying in ITIs were already being provided free uniforms, shoes and socks. They would also be provided with bicycles to help them in commuting, Naik said.

There are 258 government, 196 aided and 1,160 private ITIs in the state. Naik said English classes will be held at a few ITIs for students to help them improve communication skills and increase their employability. 

The classes will be conducted in select government ITIs in 22 districts including Kalaburagi, Raichur, Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Belagavi, Dharwad and Dakshina Kannada.

A Construction Academy to provide training to construction workers will be set up at Karmikara Bhavan premises in Bengaluru. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will lay the foundation for the works on May 14. The academy will come up at a cost of Rs 346 crore.

He said that a helpline for women garment workers would be launched soon where they can register their complaints and get their grievances addressed.

Naik said that the garment workers can also call his mobile number (94481-20755).