Skill India Mission, the ambitious programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and a mega drive initiated by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), has transformed lives of over 35.56 lakh women through skill training; empowering them for better and secured livelihood. This has been claimed by MSDE in a recent official release.
According to the release, MSDE’s flagship scheme – Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY), in its two phases, has achieved an incredible milestone of 17.72 Lakh women trainings, including 8.63 lakh trainings under PMKVY-1 (July 2015 – June 2016) and 9.09 Lakh under PMKVY-2 (July 2016 till date). With emphasis on women empowerment and improving employment opportunities, the scheme being implemented by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), encompasses skill development via short-term training programs, special projects and recognition of prior learning, covering over 250 courses. The scheme has witnessed proportionate enrolment of women (1:1). The employment numbers are equally commendable with over 50% of the trained women securing placement as well. Some of the women-centric projects have been – carpet weavers in Rajasthan (Jaipur Rugs Foundation), dairy & poultry farmers (pan-India), bakery and apparel training for Bru-Tribe (North East), retail program for Amazon Meri Saheli (North East), etc.