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Out of 30 lakh trained under govt’s skill development initiative, just 3 lakh get job offers

Government’s skill development programme, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is struggling to attain the end-results. The records reveal that out of a total 30.67 lakh candidates who had been trained under PMKVY or were being trained, only a tenth (2.9 lakh candidates) had received placement offers. Now, the government is planning to shift focus to district-level schemes to bring better results.

Earlier, it was not necessary for training providers to report employment data, but under the relaunched PMKVY that started in October 2016 with an outlay of Rs 12,000 crore, placement tracking was made mandatory.

As per official, a total of 2.9 lakh candidates were provided placement offers until July. This unsatisfactory figure led to realization that the PMKVY scheme is failing to fetch desired results due to lack of quality training. Thus, the focus will be shifted on greater participation, bringing district collectors into the picture to make sure delivery and monitoring at the ministry level.

“PMKVY is not the answer to India’s problems. You can’t do too much about quality, location etc in the short term. We will be able to rejig much of it and make it more purposeful with a district-level action plan with good quality information. A district-level skill development action plan can be prepared in three months. It can be prepared for 100 districts in one go and the money can be handed over to the state governments and districts. Then, the government can get into MoUs and put into place monitoring mechanisms for this district-level action plan,” a senior official told The Indian Express.

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