Cabinet approves Rs12,000-cr national skilling programme

14 July 2016

A meeting of the union chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), involving an outlay of Rs12,000 crore, for imparting skills to 10 million people over the next four years (2016-2020).

PMKVY will impart fresh training to 6 million youth and certify skills of 4 million persons acquired non-formally under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The target allocation between fresh trainings and RPL will be flexible and interchangeable depending on functional and operational requirements.

The scheme, completely aligned to the common norms as notified earlier, would move to a grant based model where the training and assessment cost would be directly reimbursed to training providers and assessment bodies in accordance with the common norms.

Financial support to trainees will be given in the form of travel allowance, boarding and lodging costs. Post placement support would be given directly to the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Disbursement of training cost to training partners will be linked to Aadhaar and biometrics for better transparency and targeting. Skill training would be done based on industry led standards aligned to the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF).

In view of the recommendations of the sub-group of chief ministers on skill development on the need to address the unique skill requirements of different states and regions, it is proposed to involve state governments through a project-based approach under the PMKVY 2016-20 with 25 per cent of the total training targets, both financial and physical, being allocated under this stream of the scheme. The financial budget for achieving 25 per cent of the total training targets of next phase of PMKVY would be directly allocated to the states.

Mobilisation, monitoring and post training placement of trainees will be done through Rozgar Melas (placement camps) and Kaushal Shivirs (mobilisation camps). There will be special focus on placement of trainees with incentives/disincentives linked to placement as envisaged in the common norms. A project-based approach for non-formal training for traditional jobs is also proposed.

PMKVY will, in addition to catering to domestic skill needs, also focus on skill training aligned to international standards for overseas employment in Gulf countries, Europe and other overseas destinations. There will be scholarship for student undergoing training in high end job roles under the scheme.

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