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New Delhi : Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, celebrated Foundation Day of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) on the occasion of Antyodaya Diwas on September 25, 2020. Union Rural Development, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Panchayati Raj and Food Processing Industries Minister Narendra Singh Tomar graced the occasion along with Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Union Minister of State for Rural Development.

Tomar congratulated all the stakeholders of DDU- GKY on the occasion of Antyodaya Diwas for setting a benchmark in implementation of the programme. He exhorted rural youth for getting skilled as no degrees can fetch a job if they are not skilled and that only skill can lead to a better future. He also emphasised on importance of self-employment and designing one’s own future. The Minister expressed his happiness over the fact that under DDU-GKY, 10.51 lakh rural youth have been trained and 6.65 lakh successfully placed so far. He highlighted the importance of skilling in making India a prosperous country, according to a PIB release.

On this occasion, Tomar inaugurated Agripreneurship Programme and released the following;

  1. Guidelines regarding Captive Employment under DDU- GKY
  2. Guidelines for Promotion of Integrated Farming Cluster (IFC)
  3. Compendium of success stories of DDU- GKY placed candidates

An MoU was also signed between MoRD, ICAR (KVK) & RCRC (NGOs Coalition) for capacity building of Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs)/StartUps and providing incubation support in rural areas.

The Union Ministers interacted with some placed candidates and employers from 4 different locations, Coimbatore, Bengaluru, Gurugram &Hyderabad. The candidates who got skilled and are now successfully placed today with different employers, shared their unique life experiences.