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Rural Skills Division, Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has organised ‘Bharat ke Kaushalzaade’, an event honouring beneficiaries of its key skilling programmes, on the eve of Antyodaya Diwas 2017. Staying true to the spirit of Antyodaya Mission, which lies in ‘reaching out to the last person, the event, was graced by over 800 candidates and alumni to celebrate and honour beneficiaries from both of MoRD’s flagship skill development programmes such as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) and Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI).
The event was significant as it was on this day 3 years ago that the Ministry of Rural Development announced DDU-GKY with a focus on building capacity of rural youth to address the needs of domestic and global skills requirements. Additionally, MoRD has re-energised RSETI through alignment with common norms for skills development schemes. And through sustained efforts and focus on both programmes, the Ministry has successfully skilled 5.05 lakh rural candidates under DDU-GKY and has also been conducting skilling for self-employment through RSETI with a total of 14.09 lakh candidates skilled.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar expressed the hope that in coming years more and more youth will be provided training for gainful employment through various skilling missions. He also exhorted the youth present on the occasion to encourage and make aware the rural youth and fellow friends to register on Kaushal Panjee launched at the event from 1st to 15th of October, 2017 for getting quality training and jobs.
In his address, the Minister of State for Rural Development, Ram Kripal Yadav said that that quality training imparted at these institutes will make them stand not only at Indian job market, but they can also make a mark in foreign countries.
The event also witnessed the mobilisation platform launch, branded ‘Kaushal Panjee’ (Skill Register). It aims to be citizen centric end-to-end solution to aid mobilisation of candidates for RSETIs and DDU-GKY. It facilitates mobilisation of candidates through Self Help Group members, Gram Panchayat Functionaries, Block Officials, CSCs and directly by the candidate.