Top Government Missions for Skill Development, Livelihoods and Gainful Employment – Part 1

Vocational training and skill development programs are conceptualized, executed and monitored by various organizations that work closely with the government of India. Dedicated to achieving scalable skilling with quality and higher productivity, there are various plans and schemes particularly in the unorganized or informal sector which accounts for  83% of India’s workforce. Let’s take a look at some of them.


DeenDayal Upadhyay Gram KaushalYojana – DDU-GKY

A placement linked skill development program for the rural youth, DDU-GKY funds skill training programs such as Retail, Hospitality, Health, Construction, Automotive, Leather, Electrical, Plumbing, Gems and Jewellery etc. It is being implemented on a large scale basis in almost all the states and union territories.

DeendayalAntyodayaYojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission – DAY-NULM

This mission aims to curb poverty of the urban poor households by providing them access to their skill related employment opportunities in an organized manner.It also encourages the urban poor to be a part of courses that can provide salaried employment and or self-employment opportunities which will eventually lead to an increase in their income better living standards.

Director General of Training – Modular Employable Skills – DGT-MES

Launched under Skill Development Initiative (SDI) by the collaboration of the Government of India and the Ministry of Labor, MES helps school dropouts and existing workers, especially, in the unorganized sector to be trained for employable skills.  It prioritizes children above the age of 14 years who have suffered in the form of child labour to enable them to learn employable skills in order to get gainful employment.

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