Components of DDU-GKY By Prapti Mishra

Components of DDU-GKY

A)Roshni- a special initiative for most critical left-wing extremist affected areas.

A special initiative called Roshni has been launched that takes into account the peculiar situation in extremist affected districts. Under this initiative skill development courses shall be a mandatory residential course with 40% coverage to women candidates.

B)Himayat - a special scheme for Jammu and Kashmir.

MoRD operates a special scheme under DDU-GKY for Jammu and Kashmir which unlike other DDU-GKY flavours covers:

  1. Urban as well as rural youth
  2. Below Poverty Line (BPL) as well as Above Poverty Line (APL) persons.

 Wage employment in the formal sector as well as self-employment

Who is Eligible to be Trained & Placed

The target group for DDU-GKY is poor rural youth in the age group 15-35. The upper-age limit for women candidates and candidates belonging to Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs), Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), Transgender and other Special Groups like rehabilitated bonded labor, victims of trafficking, manual scavengers, trans-genders, HIV positive persons, etc shall be 45 years. The poor will be identified by a process called Participatory Identification of Poor (PIP) which is an important component of the NRLM strategy or youth from MGNREGA worker household with at least 15 days work in the previous financial year by any of its family members, or a youth from a household with RSBY card wherein the details of youth is mentioned in the card, or a youth from households who have been issued Antyodaya Anna Yojana / BPL PDS cards, or a youth from a household where a family member is a member of SHG under NRLM.

Proportion for SC/ST, minorities and women

At the national level, 50% of the funds would be earmarked for SCs and STs, further 15% of the funds would be set apart for beneficiaries from among minority groups. States should also ensure that at least 3% of beneficiaries are from among persons with disabilities. One-third of the persons covered should be women.

*Targets from SC and ST can be interchanged if there are no eligible beneficiaries from either of the category and it is certified as such by the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA).

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