Port Blair, Feb 19: Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojna (DDU-GKY) is a centrally sponsored Scheme of the Ministry of Rural Development that aims to skill the underserved, rural youth in order to provide them with a regular source of income. DDU-GKY is a skilling and placement initiative with the objective to “transform rural poor youth into an economically independent and globally relevant workforce”.

A mobilization camp was conducted under this scheme in seven (07) awareness-cum-sensitization programmes at different villages of Campbell Bay by the DDU-GKY team with the help of respective Blocks. In this program, rural youths, captains of Tribal Councils, VLWs and Block officials participated.

Through this scheme which is being implemented by the Directorate of RD & PRs the Andaman & Nicobar Administration aims to provide skill development training along with placement to 3000 candidates by year  2022. In the first phase 1800 candidates shall be imparted training and will be given placement as per guidelines.

Economically backward youth of rural areas will be given skill development training with residential along with other required facilities free of cost after the candidates are selected through mobilization, aptitude test and counseling.

For Mobilization of rural youth of Nicobar District several Awareness camps have been conducted to orient them about the features and benefits of the scheme. On creation of a database, special counseling sessions will be conducted with the potential candidates for successful implementation of the scheme in Nicobar District.

This scheme connects trained individuals with job opportunities and assured placements.

Talking about the skill development programme of the GoI, the Secretary (RD/PRIs) Shri Suneel Anchipaka has urged youth to benefit from this scheme  which will help in improving their entrepreneurial skills as well as  career options.