naps: Improve NAPS stipend for apprentices to revive parity, says standing committee report

The standing committee on expertise improvement has advised the federal government improve the stipend given to apprentices underneath the Nationwide Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme by a sizeable extent to revive parity with the stipend given for technical programs underneath the apprenticeship scheme of the ministry of training.

At present, stipend underneath NAPS is 25% topic to a most of Rs 1500 per 30 days as in opposition to 50% for engineering diploma and diploma holders underneath the Nationwide Apprenticeship Coaching Scheme of the training ministry.

“The committee name upon the MSDE to take up the matter on the acceptable fora in order that the 25% reimbursement of stipend underneath NAPS, particularly for the non-technical diploma and diploma programs, is enhanced to a sizeable extent and parity is restored with the stipend assist provisions as exist underneath NATS,” it mentioned in its report submitted to the Parliament on Tuesday.

In line with the committee, even the MSDE is satisfied that it might be useful to lift the stipend assist underneath NAPS because the extensive disparity present between the reimbursement proportion of stipend quantity by the federal government for 2 comparable schemes doesn’t look like advantageous or useful for both the institutions or the apprentices.

The committee, in its report mentioned, really feel that massive and financially robust institutions or Industries are at liberty to forfeit the reimbursement quantity and even pay stipend at charges larger than the minimal prescribed charge. “However this won’t be so in case of MSMEs which interact plenty of apprentices at a value concerned,” it argued.

“The committee, subsequently, wishes that reimbursement of the stipend quantity on the prescribed charge for each NAPS and NATS be well timed facilitated in order that the MSMEs are inspired to interact an increasing number of apprentices,” it added.

The committee is essential of its findings that the graduate and diploma apprentices are being paid on the outdated charges when the minimal charge of month-to-month stipend is Rs 9000 for graduate apprentices and Rs 8000 for diploma and technician apprentices underneath NATS.

“The Committee exhorts the division of upper training to urgently take up the matter of insufficient funding and guarantee requisite fund infusion and availability for the fee of the minimal stipend in accordance with the 2019 Gazette Notification,” it mentioned.

“As soon as the minimal month-to-month stipend of Rs 9,000 for graduate apprentices and Rs 8,000 for diploma apprentices is assured invariably, the division of upper training then ought to increase the matter with the ministry of finance for enhancing the month-to-month stipend quantity to Rs 18,000 for the graduate engineers and Rs 15,000 for the diploma holders,” it advised.
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