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New Delhi : With an ambitious agenda to benchmark wage placement-linked programme to global standards, Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) had revamped the placement linked skill development programme under National Rural Livelihood Mission as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) on  September 25, 2014. DDU-GKY is a nationwide placement-linked skill training programme funded by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.

The programme is currently being implemented in 27 States and 3 UT and has over 2,198 Training Centres in 1,822 projects, in partnership with 839 Project Implementing Agencies conducting training across 56 sectors, and over 600 job-roles. During FY 2020-21, 28,687 candidates were trained and 49,396 candidates have been placed till March 31, 2021. Progress since Inception – a total of 10.81 lakh candidates have been trained in 56 sectors and 600 Trades and 6.92 lakh placed (till March 31, 2021).

Alumni meet is an important component of the scheme. The Alumni meets provide healthy ground for experience sharing by the former trainees with their present counterparts on topics like placements, career goals, challenges they faced in finding employment before undertaking the trainings, and the benefits they reaped after. Some of the former trainees are also felicitated at such events for their exemplary performances at their workplaces.

As part of the ‘Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, around 119 ‘Alumni Meets’ were organised across the country between April 5 and April 11, 2021, by States/UTs commemorating 75 years of Indian Independence. State Rural Livelihood Missions of 22 States & UTs came together with various Project Implementation Agencies (PIAs) to make the all-India event a grand success, according to a PIB release.

As part of the ‘Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, more than fifty PIAs reached out to former trainees, who have been successfully employed after undergoing training in various trades at the DDU-GKY centres. The meets were organised both virtually and physically at PIA centres following all Covid safety protocols. ‘Covid Appropriate Behaviour’ along with vaccination of eligible persons was also stressed at these meets. States like Kerala, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Assam etc. saw maximum number of events being organised.