A regional review meeting of Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) programme implementation in Northern Region of India was conducted at Jammu under the chairmanship of. Charanjeet Singh, Joint Secretary, Rural Skills, Ministry of Rural Development,Government of India.
The meeting was facilitated by Himayat Mission Management Unit (HMMU), J&K State Rural Livelihoods Mission, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
DDU-GKY is a part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), tasked with the dual objectives of adding diversity to the incomes of rural poor families and cater to the career aspirations of rural youth. DDU-GKY is uniquely focused on rural youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years from poor families. As a part of the Skill India campaign, it plays an instrumental role in supporting the social and economic programs of the Government like the Make In India, Digital India, Smart Cities and Start-Up India, Stand-Up India campaigns.
Over 180 million or 69% of the country’s youth population between the ages of 18 and 34 years, live in its rural areas. Of these, the bottom of the pyramid youth from poor families with no or marginal employment number about 55 million. In the state of Jammu and Kashmir, DDU-GKY scheme is implemented with the name “Himayat” by Himayat Mission Management Unit, J&K SRLM, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.
The meeting was attended by representatives of seven northern states including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and J&K. The meeting was also attended by representatives of Ministry of Rural Development, Himayat (J&K) National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR) and NABCONS.
HMMU was represented by Mr. Kapil Sharma, KAS, Chief Operating Officer, J&K SRLM. He presented the progress and perspective plan of the state in presence of Mr. Shabir Ahmed, Director Planning, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Government of J&K. While presenting the progress COO, stated that as of now 10095 candidates have been enrolled for skill training in different trades within and outside state under the scheme. During the meeting brochure on Himayat was also released by Joint Secretary, MoRD, GoI. Besides, placed candidates were felicitated on the occasion who were trained under the scheme and subsequently placed in different companies.
Joint Secretary while reviewing the performance of the states stressed upon putting extra efforts in making the programme successful in all aspects and provide an opportunity to the youth to find a decent job. He also urged the states to put in a strong and effective grievance redressal mechanism in place.
Virendra Sharma, Director (Rural Skills), MoRD, GoI in his concluding remarks expressed his gratitude towards HMMU, JKSRLM for facilitating the meeting and urged the States to replicate the best practices and conduct exposure visits to better performing States.