Ministry of Rural Development
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, or DDU-GKY, launched on the 25th of September, 2014 aims to transform about 5.5 crore rural poor youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years, currently at the bottom of the pyramid, into an economically independent and globally relevant workforce to realise our demographic dividend.
The Scheme is currently falling short of its target to ensure placement of 70% of the candidates enrolled in training by several percentage points. Moving beyond numbers, an important component of rural skill training is to ensure that it is sustainable in nature. To foster job creation and increase employability, alongside closing the skill gap, reforms in the education sector, which include introducing vocation training, are crucial. A real-time performance tracker post placement as well as on-the-job training, particularly in the informal sector, is necessary.