The Rural Development Ministry is set to relaunch its skill development programme Aajeevika as the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaush-alya Yojana on Thursday. The programme has been reva-mped to put greater focus on employability by tuning it to global standards and to widen the scope of those eligible.
According to a ministry official, the new scheme seeks to reposition rural India as a resource that can support the needs of the global manufacturing industry, in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Mo-di’s ‘Make in India’ campaign.
“We are looking at how we can fulfill global manpower demand. We want to take it right upto international standards. We want people to be placed globally. We have identified seven such countries with huge manpower requirement,” the official said, adding that the countries included US, Japan, Russia, Germany, France, UK and China.
Besides focusing on providing employment and tuning the quality to global benchmarks, the revamped scheme has expanded the eligibility criterion to include apart from MGNREGS workers, RSBY card holders, Antodaya and BPL PDS card holders.