The Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) recently held its 51st Annual Session, which focused on the creation of automotive clusters and zones in various cities across India. Another area of focus was for simplifying registration procedure and delegating registration of new vehicles to dealerships in Andhra Pradesh, on the lines of schemes introduced in Delhi and Rajasthan. The Automotive Skills Development Council (ASDC) and AP State Skills Development Council (APSSDC) signed a MoU, which is aimed at boosting programs to create skilled labour in the State.
K V S Prakash Rao, President, FADA noted that 3S automobile dealerships, encompassing sales, service and spares, cannot operate from commercial or industrial areas. For this he suggested the creation of automotive clusters across cities. Rao also added that development of the automotive sector in the state was one of the priority areas for action identified by the AP Government.
Ganta Subba Rao, Managing Director and CEO, APSSDC, said it has been set up on a public-private partnership model with the objective of skilling over two crore people over next 10-15 years. He added that the idea is to shape AP as the skilled-workforce and knowledge hub for the world that can be achieved with a multi-pronged approach.
The Automotive Mission Plan 2016-2026 looks at three times growth in production volumes of vehicles, and five times growth in revenues in the next ten years, said Sunil Chaturvedi, CEO, ASDC. This presents a big challenge of skilling of huge manpower required by the automotive sector, he added. Chaturvedi said 8,000 new training delivery centres accredited by ASDC need to be added to meet the present demand of skilled manpower.