New Delhi: Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh on Friday launched a new skill development scheme called “Roshni” for rural youth from 24 most critical left-wing extremism (LWE) affected districts including six in Odisha.
Briefing the media in New Delhi, Ramesh said that the initiative aims at skilling and placement of fifty thousand youth from these districts. 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.
The six Odisha districts are: Gajapati, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada and Rayagada. The Minister said, the projects shall be funded jointly by the central and state governments in the ratio of 75:25 and the national level agencies shall be designated to act as monitoring and coordinating agencies for Roshni.
This initiative aims at skilling and placement of fifty thousand youth from these districts.
Key Features of Roshni
It will cover 50,000 youths from 24 most critical left-wing extremist affected districts in three years. Beneficiaries aged between 18-35 years with requisite aptitude depending upon the trade or job requirements are to be selected as per the Participatory Identification of Poor (PIP).
At least 50% of the candidates covered under the scheme shall be women. Special efforts will be made to proactively cover Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) on a priority basis.
Training will be imparted through public- private and public-public partnerships. Educational institutions, corporate entities, commercial and non-profit training providers would be roped in for implementing the scheme.
Four training models with duration ranging from 3 months to 1 year shall be taken up to meet the diverse needs of youth depending on their entry level qualifications. Placement-linked, market driven fully residential skill training will be provided.
The projects shall be funded jointly by the central and state governments in the ratio of 75:25. National level agencies shall be designated to act as monitoring and coordinating agencies for Roshni.