Dear Readers,

The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana was recently in the news and could be important for your exams. It was launched on September 25, 2014, (the 98th anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya) during the National Convention on Skills for Rural and Urban Poor. It is a placement-related skill development programme for poor youths in rural areas and is part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission. In this article, we will look at the background and the key features of this scheme.


· The programme comes under the Ministry of Rural Development and is a revamped version of Aajeevika Skills, a placement-linked skill development scheme.

· It aims to build the capacity of the rural youth in order to address the needs of global skill requirements.


· To counter the problem of unemployment which persists among rural youths in spite of their merits.

· To create skilled workers by 2020 when developed countries will face a shortage of over 57 million semi-skilled workers. This way, India will easily be able to cater to market demand for workers in developed nations.

· Training differently-abled persons will be a major goal. In order to impart proper skills to rural youths, private players as well as international players will be involved.


· The scheme will provide financial support for placement-related skilling (skill training) initiatives that address the market demand. The funding support ranges from Rs.25,696 to more than Rs.1 lakh per person depending on the project duration and whether it is residential or non-residential.

· The training duration of projects funded by DDUGKY will vary from between 3 months-12 months.

· The components under funding will include support for boarding and lodging (in case of residential project), training costs, transportation costs, post-placement support costs, career progression and retention support costs.

Key Features

· The programme will provide assured placement to 75% of the trained candidates.

· The focus will be on rural youth from poor families in the age group of 15-35 years.

· The minimum age for entry in DDUGKY is 15 years as against 18 years in the Aajeevika Skills Programme.

· It aims to train 10 lakh rural youth by 2017.

· Skill development training centres will be set up in rural areas to tackle unemployment.

· DDUGKY has a 3-tier implementation structure. At the national level, the Ministry of Rural Development will function as the policy-making, technical support and facilitation agency. The DDUGKY State Missions will provide implementation support, and Project Implementing Agencies further the implementation process by skilling and placement projects.

· The skills imparted will adhere to international standards and will provide substantial support to the Make in India campaign.

· The scheme will fund a multitude of skill-training programmes and cover over 250 trades across domains, including retail, hospitality, health, construction, automotive, leather, electrical, plumbing and jewellery, among others.

· The scheme stipulates that skills specific to a certain trade should follow the norms prescribed by respective national agencies – National Council for Vocational Training and Sector Skills Councils.

· Additionally, special training will be provided in employability and soft skills, functional English and Information Technology knowledge.

· Disbursements would be made through digital vouchers directly into the student’s bank account.

· DDUGKY is applicable to the entire country and is currently under implementation in 33 states and UTs, across 610 districts. Over 202 Project Implementing Agencies cover more than 250 trades in over 50 sectors.

These are the major points to be remembered in the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana. If you can understand these well, you can easily attempt questions pertaining to it.

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