Monday, October 25, 2010

Chinese workers in India

From the Washington Post

  • IN CHANDANKYARI, INDIA Perched precariously on scaffolding, several Chinese workers showed Indian laborers how to weld the shell of a blast stove at a steel plant construction. Step by step, the Indians absorbed the valuable skills needed to build a large, integrated factory from scratch in record time.
    Their presence in a nation of more than a billion people with staggering unemployment may appear incongruent. But the government says Indian workers lack the technical skilled needed to transform the country into a 21st-century economic powerhouse.

    Until the gap is bridged, companies are relying on the expertise of Chinese workers to build mega infrastructure projects. Chinese workers have worked on ports, highways, power and steel plants in India. Chinese equipment and expertise have also been used in a crude oil refinery, a cable-supported bridge, the telecommunication networks and even the glass facade of the new airport terminal in New Delhi.

    "India may be an IT superpower and producing thousands of doctors, lawyers and MBAs every year. But the biggest gap is in the availability of skilled electricians, carpenters, welders, mechanics and masons who can build mega infrastructure projects," said Raghav Gupta, president at Technopak, a consultancy that released a report on skill development last year. "Most of these workers have to be trained on the job. And that often delays the projects and makes it more expensive."

  • Jayalalitha on Chinese Worrkers

  • Chinese workers at present employed in contract works relating to highways and railways in Sri Lanka is a threat to India's sovereignty says AIADMK chief J. Jayalalitha. She says Chinese spies and intelligence personnel with a specific mandate to commence anti-Indian surveillance and espionage operations are among the more than 25,000 Chinese workers landed in Sri Lanka to engage in work relating to highways and railways.

  • Ms. Jayalalitha
    Why do you see the mote in Sri Lankas eye, but dont see the beam in yours.

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