In news- 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).
- 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).
- It seeks to build the placement-linked skills of the poor rural youth and place them in wage employment across various sectors of the economy.
- It 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.
- It is uniquely focused on rural youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years from poor families.
- It is present in 28 States and UTs, across 689 districts, impacting youth from over 7,426 blocks.
- 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.
- Mandatory coverage of socially disadvantaged groups (SC/ST 50%; Minority 15%; Women 33%)
- It aims at shifting emphasis from training to career progression.
- The only mandate is that skill training should be demand based and lead to placement of at least 75% of the trainees.
- Greater emphasis on projects for poor rural youth in Jammu and Kashmir (HIMAYAT), the north-east region and 27 left-wing extremist (LWE) districts (ROSHINI).
- It follows a 3-tier implementation model.
- The DDU-GKY National Unit at MoRD functions as the policy-making, technical support and facilitation agency.
- The project implementing agencies (PIAs) implement the programme through skilling and placement projects.