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Updated: June 8, 2013 01:03 IST

Roshni will light the way for rural youth: Jairam

Girija Shivakumar
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BRIGHT IDEA: Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh launches Roshni, an initiative by the Centre to provide job-specific skill development in areas worst-hit by Maoists, in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
The HIndu BRIGHT IDEA: Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh launches Roshni, an initiative by the Centre to provide job-specific skill development in areas worst-hit by Maoists, in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Placement-linked skill-development for 50,000 beneficiaries

In a bid to further reach out to rural youth in the country’s 24 most critical Left-Wing-Extremism-affected districts, the Centre on Friday introduced a placement-oriented skill-development scheme targeting 50,000 persons, mostly tribals.

Launching “Roshni”, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said at least 50 per cent of the candidates covered under the scheme would be women and extra efforts would be made to proactively cover Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) on a priority basis.

Mr. Ramesh said Roshni would show a “new path” to the youths being targeted by the Maoists.

The programme entails providing beneficiaries aged between 18-35 years with requisite training for the trade or job chosen as per the Participatory Identification of Poor.

The launch of Roshni comes soon after the brutal Maoist attack on a Congress Convey in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district in which nearly 16 people, including two senior Congress leaders, were killed.

Additionally, Mr. Ramesh said the employment programme would be on the lines of ‘Himayat’, being run in Jammu and Kashmir, and two pilot projects being run in Jharkhand’s west Singhbhum and Chhattisgarh’s Sukma districts.

The training will be imparted through public-private and public partnerships. Four training modules of durations ranging from three months to one year shall be taken up to meet the diverse needs of the youth, depending on their entry-level qualifications.

Placement-linked, market-driven, fully-residential skills training will be provided in fields such as tailoring, construction, mobile repairing, nursing and retail.

Placement assurance

“The training providers will ensure 75 per cent placement defined as continuous employment for three months at higher than minimum wages. Placements will be provided anywhere in India,” said Mr. Ramesh.

Several training strategies will be used for diverse groups of youths, ranging from school dropouts to those with college education.

“The training providers will ensure 75-per-cent placement defined as continuous employment for three months at higher than minimum wages. Placements will be provided anywhere in India,” he said.

The projects will be funded jointly by the Central and State governments in the ratio of 75:25.

Six districts each from Jharkhand and Odisha, five from Chhattisgarh, two from Bihar and one each from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have been chosen for the scheme, which will be implemented at a cost of Rs.100 crore over the next three years.

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It is indeed a good idea to train rural and tribal youth in skills that enable them to gain employment. It would be a great idea if the minister works with private businesses to become mentors to such trained youth and make the youth self-employed. A strategic plan would analyze the local resources and the skills of trained youth and match them with the needs of the mentoring businesses. It is important for rural development that youth develop businesses in local communities. The products of such businesses can be cheap and can compete globally. I hope that the minister will put on a thinking-hat by the next stage when he looks to train five million beneficiaries.

from:  Som Karamchetty
Posted on: Jun 8, 2013 at 08:35 IST

Why Govt. wake up so early after the moist attack ?
Instead of making Schemes,Indian Politics must have to move ahead to
implement them with one another.
Before a time, 9 Point Scheme was also comes under Provision but there
is no result of the same.
Schemes are made for people's but Govt. Agencies finding their own
interest in the same.
Instead of Playing Political Game, Supreme Court Must to put some
Progressive Efforts against Corrupted Politicians so that All these
Schemes will be implemented for the Desired Beneficiaries.

from:  Vikas Khatri
Posted on: Jun 8, 2013 at 02:27 IST
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