- The Ministry of Rural Development signed an Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) with the Ministry of Ayush to collaborate in developing skilled personnel.
About the MoU
- Lakhpati Didis are the Women with annual earnings of Rs. 1 lakh and more from the Self Help Groups (SHGs).
- Self Help Groups (SHGs) are small groups of poor people. The members of an SHG face similar problems. They help each other, to solve their problems.
- SHGs promote small savings among their members. The savings are kept with the bank. This is the common fund in the name of the SHG. The SHG gives small loans to its members from its common fund.
- Skilling of personnel will be done by imparting training to rural poor youth and women’s for Ayush healthcare system under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya-Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY).
- Initial target is to train a large number of women, which will be increased going forward.
- Through the MoU, it is expected to create synergy and convergence between both ministries, and enable fulfilment of the larger goal of community development and poverty alleviation in rural areas.
- It will also ensure the training of 22000 rural poor youth under National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) compliant courses namely Panchakarma Technician, Panchkarma Assistant, Ayurvedic Masseur, Kshara Karma Technician, Cupping Therapy Assistant etc.
- To facilitate this, the Ministry of Rural Development will ensure funding i.e., Central Government and State Government on the basis of the criteria given for the DDU-GKY.
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY)
- DDU-GKY is one of the flagship poverty alleviation programs which was launched on 25th September 2014 under National Rural Livelihoods Mission, Ministry of Rural Development.
- It is aimed at skilling the poorest of the poor youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years from Rural India.
- As a part of the Skill India campaign, it plays an instrumental role in supporting the social and economic programs of the government like the Make in India, Digital India, Smart Cities and Start-Up India, Stand-Up India campaigns to position India as the globally preferred manufacturing hub, while dovetailing its efforts to significantly contribute in other flagship programs of the nation.
- A total of 13.88 lakh candidates have been trained and 8.24 lakh candidates have been placed under DDU-GKY so far.