Commercial vehicle financer Shriram Transport Finance Company (STFC) has partnered with Skill India to train 1000 drivers for transportation of oxygen tankers, the company has announced. 

STFC has launched a CSR initiative- Shriram Seva Sankalp LMO Driver Training in a bid to streamline Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) Tankers supply chain amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, The campaign aims to upskill 1000 experienced Heavy & Medium Vehicle drivers to carefully handle & transport Cryogenic LMO Tankers.

“The Holistic Cryogenic Medical Oxygen Tanker Driver Training Program will offer the trainees a deep-dive into the theory, hands-on practice on simulator, handling of Hazardous cargo tanker and in-plant LMO loading and unloading along with all other safety precautions to be taken,” the company explained in an official release. 

It is meant to help create a pool of skilled drivers to transport cryogenic medical oxygen tankers owing to its growing significance in medical management of Covid-19 across hospitals. Post the successful completion of the training program, the drivers will be awarded a certification by Logistics Skill Council.

Skill development efforts

Skill India is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in 2015 with an aim to train Indians in different industry-related jobs. The Ministry is responsible for the coordination of all Skill Development efforts across the country, removal of disconnect between demand and supply of skilled manpower, and building the vocational and technical training framework. 

One of the major concerns during the second wave of the pandemici n the country was oxygen shortage and the shortage of drivers with capabilities to handle oxygen tankers. The upskilling campaign has been launched to help better combat these challenges in the current wave. STFC through its partner, DB Skills is working in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to upskill drivers.

More than 500 drivers have successfully completed their training in January 2022. The company aims to certify the remaining 500 drivers by March 2022. The shortlisting of experienced heavy motor vehicles (HMV) drivers to enroll for the capacity building training program was conducted at the approved Training Centers funded by Shriram Transport Finance Company Ltd. at multiple locations including Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

Shriram Ecosystem

Umesh Revankar, VC & MD, Shriram Transport Finance Company said, “Drivers have always been an integral part of the Shriram Ecosystem. Thus upskilling drivers and enabling them to be in tandem with the rising needs of the society is a cause that is close to our heart.”

“Since the start of our CSR training program, over 10,000 candidates have been trained to drive heavy and light motor vehicles with ease. The need for skilled drivers to operate oxygen tankers was felt in 2021 owing to the acute shortage of oxygen in the country. As India braces towards meeting the challenges of the third wave of the pandemic, our endeavour is to once again provide continuous support to society. Thus, we have stepped up to the opportunity and decided to work together with the government to avert a similar situation in the future,” Revankar said.

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