The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojna (DDU-GKY) seeks to reposition rural India as a resource that can support the needs of the global manufacturing industry, a Rural Development Ministry official said today. The scheme, a new version of the existing Aajeevika Skills scheme, renamed after Bharatiya Jana Sangh ideologue and BJP icon Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, will be launched by the government tomorrow on the 98th birth anniversary of Upadhyaya.
As the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is personally driving the ‘Make in India’ campaign to promote India as a global manufacturing hub, the Rural Development Ministry will is linking this initiative to employment opportunities for rural poor, the official said.
“The Rural Development Ministry is therefore consolidating its previous efforts in skilling programmes, under DDU-GKY, to accelerate implementation for the Prime Minister’s vision while at the same time linking this initiative directly to employment opportunities for the rural poor,” he said.
Explaining the details, the official said by 2020, developed countries are predicted to face a shortfall of over 57 million semi-skilled manpower while India is expected to have a surplus of 47 million. “Primarily what we are looking at is, we want to bring this placement not only addressing the domestic industry… We are looking at how we can fulfil global manpower demand. “We want to take it right up to the international standards. We want the people to be placed globally. We have identified seven such countries with such a huge requirement,” the official, who did not want to be named, said.
Countries including US, Japan, Russia, Germany, France, UK, Middle East countries and China require millions of semi-skilled workers in the coming years.
The new programme aims at providing quality skill training and placement opportunities to rural poor youth in the age group of 15-35 years. An amount of Rs 2,000 cr will be spent to train nearly two lakh rural youth annually and help of corporate sector will be sought to achieve the goal, he said. Aajeevika Skills was launched by the previous UPA government to skill rural poor youth and provide them jobs with regular monthly wages at or above the minimum wage rates. It was one of a cluster of initiatives of Rural Development Ministry aimed at promoting rural livelihoods.