Stressing the dignity of labour, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday told a conference of state education ministers in New Delhi that she had washed utensils 15 years back at a hotel in Mumbai.
She referred to Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s emphasis on giving importance to skills and said no one should feel inferior on being a plumber or a mechanic.
“Our credit framework empahsises this that if you want to become a plumber, carpenter or a mechanic, there is no shame in this. Being a minister, I feel proud that nearly 15 years ago, I have washed utensils at a Mumbai hotel. This does not bother because this county is a country of aspirations,” she said.
Referring to the ‘Make in India’ initiative, she said that industry was keen that a “skilled India” should be built first.
“If we have to have a skilled India, dignity of labour is an important aspect. And the labour also gets the dignity when the society gives it,” she said.
It may be noted that Narendra Modi, during his poll campaign, revealed that he was once employed as tea boy in Gujarat. But more than the leaders, the mindset should change at the grassroots level, especially in a hierarchy-driven Indian society.