State level orientation workshop on DDU-GKY begins

ITANAGAR, May 23: A two-day State level orientation workshop on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) for project implementing agencies (PIAs) commenced here today. The workshop, conducted by Arunachal State Rural Livelihoods Mission (ArSRLM), is being attended by representatives from agencies interested to be associated as PIA in DDU-GKY.

Inaugurating the workshop, Secretary Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Dani Salu appreciated the efforts of ArSRLM in mobilising a sizeable number of agencies interested in DDU-GKY in the first workshop. He highlighted the need for skill development for youth from rural poor households who have not been able to leverage benefits of formal higher education. He said skill development provides all support to such youth as it aims for common boys and girls in rural areas to be brought into the mainstream by making them employable.

He said that DDU-GKY is a specialised programme which targets the rural poor. He clarified that the process of selection of PIAs being completely online is thus very transparent and strict. He cautioned that main motto under DDU-GKY should not be merely on completing targets; instead State Mission must concentrate on ensuring end to end solution, and ensure that retention rate of placed candidates is high, and remuneration should also be at least marginally above minimum living wages.

He called upon the PIAs to work with missionary zeal., saying PIAs have a golden opportunity to change the lives of youth and to that extent even positively influence the lives of rural people in the best possible manner.

Earlier, Special Secretary, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Nitika Pawar provided a detailed overview of several initiatives taken by the State Govt for skill development. She informed that State Govt has trained 11,456 youth under the skill development initiative, out of which 2,736 youth are working with various organisations all over the country as well as abroad. 100 youth have been trained under Governor’s short-term employable skill development training. Govt is currently pursuing 28,790 youth to be skilled and to be provided employable skills development training during 2017-18.

She also informed that State Govt has a definite road map for skill development programme that involves setting up of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Kendras and a target of setting up of one ITI in every district of the State in a phased manner. The State Government is also considering establishment of an Institute for Training of Trainers for Skill Development in Arunachal Pradesh.

Earlier addressing the delegates, the CEO cum State Mission Director ArSRLM gave an overview of DDU-GKY. He said that proactive involvement of PIAs is critical for success of the programme. He said that Govt of India is placing lot of emphasis on skill development and initiatives such as Make in India, PMKVY, DDU-GKY are all part of initiatives of GOI, which the State Govt is also pursuing with all efforts.

The State level workshop is being attended by representatives of nearly 20 different agencies from North East India including many from Arunachal Pradesh. Tenzing Choesang, regional representative of DDU-GKY for North East, Pankaj Dowari, project officer (monitoring, evaluation, training and development) from NIRD & PR NERC and Aditya Mohan Pradhan, associate project consultant from NABCONS, New Delhi are also participating in this workshop.

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