Government trains first batch of village engineers. The Atmanirbhar Bharat Sankalp of Prime Minister Narendra Modi starts with rural youth empowerment. The road to Atmanirbhar Bharat goes through Atmanirbhar Villages. The Narendra Modi government is all about creating new jobs/self-employment and entrepreneurship locally, said Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Electronics and IT, during a ceremony to distribute certificates to the first batch of trainees under Pilot Project for Skilling Tribal Youth – Rural Tribal Technical Training or Grameen Udyami at Raj Bhawan, Bhopal.
Around 140 tribal youth turned village engineers got Skill Certificates today at a ceremony presided over by Madhya Pradesh Governor Mangubhai Patel. Rajeev Chandrasekhar congratulated the trainees on completing the skill training and on attaining skills he called “Passport to Prosperity“.
The Minister expressed his satisfaction with the pilot project, stating that it will serve as a launchpad for replicating its success in other districts across the country. Making opportunities available locally will empower tribal youth and reduce migration. “It will spur economic activities at local level in the districts, which is in line with the new economic outlook of the government, which emphasizes self-reliance or AtmaNirbharta,” he said.
Beneficiaries got training in five disciplines: electrical and solar energy, agricultural mechanization, e-governance, plumbing and masonry, and two-wheeler repair and maintenance. They’ll also be able to start their own businesses, so there will be more employment opportunities for other youth. This concept of turning unemployed youth into village engineers is a first and should be replicated in other districts.
The pilot project, under the Sansadiya Sankul Pariyojana , was launched on 13th May 2022 for training about 250 beneficiaries of 17 clusters of 17 districts selected from 6 states of India – Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Odisha.
As part of its efforts to provide more opportunities to rural youth and strengthen local economies, the government makes skilling a priority. District skilling plans are part of this push. The Central 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. This will be divided into farm economy and non-farm economy. what type of skills are required there, what type of opportunities exist there, and for skills outside the local community in the state and within the country.