Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramin kaushal yojana (DDUGKY)
- Around 180 million or 69% of the country’s youth population between the ages of 18 and 34 years live in rural areas and of these, the bottom of the pyramid youth from poor families with no or marginal employment number about 55 million and at the same time, the world is expected to face a shortage of 57 million workers by 2020.
- DDUGKY is a part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), tasked with the dual objectives of adding diversity to the incomes of rural poor families and cater to the career aspirations of rural youth.
- The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) announced the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) Antyodaya Diwas, on 25th September 2014.
- It is uniquely focused on rural youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years from poor families and plays an instrumental role in supporting the social and economic programs of the government like the Make In India, Digital India, Smart Cities and Start-Up India, Stand-Up India campaigns.
- DDU-GKY is present in 28 States and UTs, across 689 districts, impacting youth from over 7,426 blocks.
- Over 9.9 Lakh candidates have been trained and over 5.3 Lakh candidates have been placed in jobs as on 1st April, 2020.
- Rural Youth:15 – 35 Yrs
- SC/ST/Women/PVTG/PWD: upto 45 Yrs
- Greater emphasis on projects for poor rural youth in Jammu and Kashmir.
- The North-East region and 27 Left-Wing Extremist (LWE) districts.
- DDU-GKY follows a 3-tier implementation model.
- The DDU-GKY National Unit at MoRD functions as the policy-making, technical support and facilitation agency.
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