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    First Batch of Village Engineers Ready, Says Rajeev Chandrasekhar

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    First Batch of Village Engineers Ready, Says Rajeev Chandrasekhar

    Training was provided in five fields – electrical and solar energy, agricultural mechanization, e-governance, plumbing and masonry and two wheeler repair and maintenance. The trainees will be able to start their own business and thus generate more employment opportunities for other young people.

    The first batch of 140 trainees under Rural Tribal Technical Training were handed Skill Certificates at the Raj Bhawan in Bhopal in the presence of the Madhya Pradesh Governor Mangubhai Patel.

    Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Electronics and IT who joined the ceremony virtually congratulated the trainees on successfully completing the skill training and for attaining skills which he termed as “Passport to Prosperity”.

    The pilot project, under the Sansadiya Sankul Pariyojana, was launched on 13 May 2022 for training about 250 beneficiaries of 17 clusters of 17 districts selected from six states of India – Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Odisha. It was launched in the presence of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

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    Expressing his satisfaction on the pilot project, the minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar affirmed that the pilot programme offers a launch pad for replicating its success to other districts across the country. He said that It will empower the tribal youth by making opportunities available locally, thereby reducing the pull and push for migration. The concept of multi-skilling and turning unemployed youth into village engineers is the first of its kind.

    Atmanirbhar Bharat

    The minister added that replicating the programme across the country will also trigger economic activities at local level in the districts, in consonance with the government’s economic outlook laying emphasis on self-reliance or AtmaNirbharta. He said that the Road to Atmanirbhar Bharat travels through Atmanirbhar villages.

    Training was provided to the beneficiaries in five fields – electrical and solar energy, agricultural mechanization, e-governance, plumbing and masonry and two wheeler repair and maintenance. The training will enable the trainees to start their own business, thus generating more employment opportunities for other young people as well.

    Alluding to the disruption in the traditional supply chains as a fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the minister said that training will offer huge opportunities as the world is looking for a trusted partner and now looks towards India. This offers an opportunity to create skilled young people so that India can emerge as Global Skills Hub.

    A part of this push is creating district skilling plans for each of the 700 districts as skilling rural youth will also strengthen local village economies, the minister said. He informed that the union government has appointed a Mahatma Gandhi National Fellow for each district, who will work with the local district collector as the district’s public representative in shaping skills according to local requirements – spanning across the farm economy and non-farm economies.

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