Vikash Sharma

Over 55,000 applicants have applied on the PM-DAKSH portal for 821 centers seeking training in 247 different courses. The Pradhan Mantri Dakshata Aur Kushalata Sampanna Hitgrahi (PM-DAKSH) Yojana of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment was launched in 2020-21.

The main objective of the scheme is to enhance the competency level of the target groups i.e. SCs, OBCs, EBCs, DNTs, Safai Karamcharis including waste pickers to make them employable both in self-employment and wage-employment for their socio-economic development.

As per the PIB report, about 32,097 trainees were trained out of whom 24,652 trainees were placed during 2020-21. Similarly, in 2021-22, 42,002 trainees were trained out of which 31,033 trainees were placed for employment.

It is projected to train 1,69,300 trainees (including 53,900, 56,450, and 58,950 trainees in the year 2023, 2024, and 2025 respectively). A total amount of Rs 286.42 crore is likely to be spent on these trainings, the report said.

During 2023-24, 28 government and 84 private training institutes have been empanelled for implementation of the scheme. Over 95,000 trainee targets have been distributed among these 112 empanelled training institutes.

For the first time, while allotting the States, Districts, and job roles, a transparent process was adopted due to which 411 districts including 82 Aspirational Districts have been covered for implementation, the report added.

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