Kaushal Se Kal Badlenge: DDU-GKY | 26 Sep 2020

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Recently, the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has celebrated the foundation day of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) as “Kaushal Se Kal Badlenge” on the occasion of Antyodaya Diwas (25th September).

Key Points

  • Inaugurations and New Releases:
    • Agripreneurship (entrepreneurship in agriculture) Programme.
      • Agripreneurship is defined as generally, sustainable, community-orientated, directly marketed agriculture.
      • Sustainable agriculture denotes a holistic, systems-oriented approach to farming that focuses on the interrelationships of social, economic, and environmental processes.
    • Guidelines regarding Captive Employment under DDU-GKY.
      • Captive employers are businesses which can employ 500 or more in their own organisation or one of their subsidiaries and have suitable in-house training facilities.
    • Guidelines for Promotion of Integrated Farming Cluster (IFC).
      • Integrated Farming is a combined approach aimed at efficient sustainable resource management for increased productivity in the cropping system.
      • It has multiple objectives of sustainability, food security, farmer’s security and poverty reduction by involving livestock, vermicomposting, organic farming, etc.
    • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for capacity building of Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs)/StartUps and providing incubation support in rural areas.

Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana

  • MoRD announced it on Antyodaya Diwas in 2014.
  • It is a demand-driven placement linked skill training initiative working under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).
  • It uses skill training and placement in wage employment as a tool to diversify income and enable sustained upward movement out of poverty.
  • DDU-GKY is uniquely focused on rural youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years from poor families.
  • Achievements: Under DDU-GKY, 10.51 lakh rural youth have been trained and 6.65 lakh successfully placed so far.
    • All stakeholders need to bring more rural youths under DDU-GKY, who are interested to become independent and bring a change in society.
  • Significance:
    • DDU-GKY and integrated farming initiatives for rural development across the country are important for greater success in skilling and placing the rural youth.
    • DDU-GKY has played a significant role in the context of Aatmanirbhar Bharat through skilling.

Antyodaya Diwas

  • Every year, 25th September is observed as Antyodaya Diwas to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, one of the great thinkers and philosophers of the nationalist movement of the country.
  • The Government of India announced it for the first time in 2014 along with the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana.
  • Antyodaya means "uplifting the poorest of the poor" and the day aims to reach the person in the last mile.

Source: PIB