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As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) celebrations, around 1183 ‘mobilisation camps’ were organised across the country under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) programme between 13th and 19th August, 2021.

  • More than 371 PIAs successfully mobilised close to 83795 candidates during the week-long camps through the length and breadth of the country.
  • The camps not only succeeded in generating interest in the DDU-GKY programme but also succeeded in enrolling close to 75660 candidates for upcoming trainings.
  • The camps were organized both virtually and physically by the PIAs following all Covid safety protocols.
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) launched on the 25th September, 2014, is a nationwide placement-linked skill training program 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% trained candidates.
  • The DDU-GKY programme is being implemented in 27 states and 3 UTs for rural poor youth with an emphasis on placements.
  • More than 871 PIAs are training rural poor youth in close to 611- job roles through more than 2381 training centers.
  •  Cumulatively 10.94 lakh youth have been trained and 7.07 lakh youth have been placed till 31st

About ; Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana

  • It aims to skill rural youth who are poor and provide them with jobs having regular monthly wages or above the minimum
  • It is one of the cluster of initiatives of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India that seeks to promote rural livelihoods.
  • It is a part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) – the Mission for poverty reduction called Aajeevika.
  • The scheme will benefit more than 55 million poor rural youth who are ready to be skilled by providing sustainable employment.
  • This scheme derives importance from its potential to reduce poverty. It is also designed to be a major contributor to the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ campaign.

Mission of DDU-GKYMission of DDU-GKY

  • To reduce poverty by enabling poor for households to access gainful and sustainable employment through employment that provides regular wages.


Guiding Principles

  • There is a strong demand for the economic opportunities among the poor, as well as immense opportunities in term of developing their work abilities.
  • Social mobilization as well as a network of strong institutions is essential in order to develop India demographic surplus into a dividend.
  • Quality and standards are paramount in the delivery of skilling, in order to make the rural poor desirable to both Indian and global employer.


Approach of DDU-GKY

  • Shift in emphasis – from training to career progression
  • Enable poor and marginalized to access benefits from growth
  • Ease the pain of migration when it is inevitable
  • Proactive approach to building partnerships
  • Monitoring of inputs and outputs, where main focus is on Placement i.e. output
  • It enables states to take full ownership of DDU-GKY projects it has been decided not to consider any more Multi State Projects (MSP)
  • State government as the main player – Single State Project (SSP) to Annual Action Plans (AAP)
  • Special scheme in collaboration with Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER) for skilling projects specific to the needs, requirements and the special characteristics of States in the north east
  • Enhancing the Capacity of Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs)
  • Consent and State share is mandatory

Coverage of the scheme of ddu-gky

  • DDU-GKY is applicable to the entire country.
  • The scheme is being implemented currently in 33 States/UTs across 610 districts partnering currently with over 202 PIAs covering more than 250 trades across 50+sectors.


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