In order to augment skill training in tribal communities for their inclusive and sustainable growth, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in partnership with Seva Bharti and Yuva Vikas Society, today launched the second phase of Grameen Udyami Project. Under the initiative, the endeavour is to multiskill India’s youth and impart functional skills to them for enabling livelihoods. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has emphasised on the involvement of tribal communities in the workforce, ensuring their holistic development to make them self-reliant and contained within their respective geographies.
Grameen Udyami is a multiskilling project, funded by NSDC that aims to train tribal students in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. The project is being implemented in six states— Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Gujarat.
Speaking on the occasion, Arjun Munda, Minister for Tribal Affairs, Government of India said that our complete focus is on strengthening sustainable livelihood for tribal populations and with this, the Central government has sanctioned a budget of Rs 85,000 crores, exclusively for tribal areas. There is also a dire need of increasing ownership so that there is awareness built around such schemes and initiatives. There is so much potential and ability in the tribal youth that all we need to do is lay down the right avenues for them to use their talent in the right places. He expressed that Grameen Udyami project would prove to be a game-changer for the tribal communities of Jharkhand and would extend the right opportunities to them to stand on their own feet. He urged gram panchayats, villages, and blocks to bring these initiatives to youth for their progress.
Addressing the launch programme, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship said our tribal communities take precedence in our efforts to propel India’s economic growth. He hoped that the success that Grameen Udyami project has achieved in Madhya Pradesh, it would receive the same response in Jharkhand since skilling is the passport to prosperity in any region.
Bishweswar Tudu, MoS, Tribal Affairs and Jal Shakti said that Grameen Udyami project would provide economic empowerment to our tribal population. Umpteen number of schemes and pilot projects have also been initiated for accelerating the economic engine of India.
In the first phase of training, candidates were mobilised from rural and tribal areas of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Since candidates were mobilised from the rural areas, transportation, boarding and lodging were provided to candidates so that they do not miss out the learning opportunity due to lack of resources. In Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, training of 157 candidates started in seven batches in the month of May, 2022 and approximately 133 candidates completed the training successfully on June 27, 2022. The phase-II of the pilot project launched in Ranchi today is being implemented by Yuva Vikas Society, through Seva Bharti Kendra. NSDC has supported in setting up of labs and classrooms through Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) in Seva Bharti Kendra Skill Development Centre.
The training under the project will be conducted in the job roles such electrician and solar PV installation technician, plumbing and masonry, 2-wheeler repair and maintenance, IT/ITES with e-governance and farm mechanisation.
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