As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) celebrations, around 1,183 ‘mobilisation camps’ were organised across the country under the Government of India’s flagship skill development scheme, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) programme between 13th and 19th August 2021, with much fervour commemorating 75 years of Indian independence. State rural livelihood missions (SRLMs) and state skills missions (SSM) came together with various project implementation agencies (PIAs) to make the all-India event a success.
More than 371 PIAs successfully mobilised close to 83.795 candidates during the week-long camps through the length and breadth of the country. The camps succeeded in generating interest in the DDU-GKY programme and enrolling close to 75,660 candidates for upcoming training. The camps were organised both virtually and physically by the PIAs following all Covid safety protocols, the Ministry of Rural Development has said.
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) launched on the 25th September 2014, is a nationwide placement-linked skill development programme funded by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India (GoI). DDUGKY seeks to build the placement-linked skills of the poor rural youth and place them in wage employment across various sectors of the economy. The programme has an outcome led design with guaranteed placements for at least 70 per cent trained candidates.
According to the Ministry of Rural Development, the DDU-GKY programme is being implemented in 27 states and 3 UTs for rural poor youth, emphasising placements. Around 871 project implementation agencies are training rural poor youth in 611- job roles through 2,381 training centres. Cumulatively, 10.94 lakh youth have been trained and 7.07 lakh have been placed until 31st July 2021.
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