Kudumbashree Mission launched the second phase of DDU-GKY and signed MoU with new PIAs at the programme held at Harmony Hall, Mascot Hotel, Thiruvananthapuram on 20 June 2019. Shri. S. Harikishore IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree Mission inaugurated the programme, launched the Phase 2 of DDU-GKY and signed MoU with the new Project Implementing Agencies. Kudumbashree Mission had signed MoU with 27 New Project Implementing Agencies of DDU-GKY. The second phase of DDU-GKY will be from 2019-2022. During this period training would be extended to 80,000 candidates. Rs 800 crores is allotted for the same. Now the target is given to the PIAs for extending skill training to 8810 candidates. The Awards conferred to the Project Implementing Agencies were also given away at the function.
The convergence model of DDU-GKY with Micro Enterprise units (uniform stitching and canteen operation) was recommended as a national model by Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) to all the Programme implementation states. Asraya Beneficiaries (destitute), differently abled, tribal communities were given thrust while implementing the programme. In the first phase a target of training 51,200 rural youth was awarded to the state and based on the better performance and additional 20,000 target was awarded thus taking the total target to 71,200. The entire target of 71,200 was allocated to Project Implementing Agencies out of which 52,350 were given training and 42,352 have completed the course and 32,498 were given wage employment.
DDU-GKY, the skill training and placement programme under the Ministry of Rural Development ( MoRD) occupies a unique position amongst the other skill training programmes due to its focus to the poor rural youth and its emphasis on sustainable employment through the prominence and incentives given to post placement tracking, retention and career progression. DDU-GKY Kerala had received the national award for being the second best state nodal agency for implementing DDU-GKY programme during 2017-18 and had also bagged the national award for being the third best state nodal agency for implementing DDU-GKY programme during 2016-17 as well.
DDU-GKY is being implemented in Kerala starting from 2015. Training is given to the candidates of 18-35 age group. Women, Persons With Disabilities, PGVT are given age concession upto 45 years. Backward communities are given 60% reservation and women are given 33% reservation. The training, accommodation, food and study materials are given to the candidates free of cost. Training is being extended in 126 courses of 32 sectors. The courses ranges from Accounting, Animation upto Air Hostess training. Those who complete the courses of 3 months to one year duration would be given National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) certificates and and Sector Skills Councils (SSC) Certificate. There are about 150 training centres functioning all across the state. Kaushal Panjee App or Skill Register App is also set up to rural youth,through which the candidate can register free of cost and be connected to training partners and banks working in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development. Apart from this, Migration Support Centres are functioning in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam districts as well.
The Project Implementing Agencies viz., Malankara Social Services Society, Appollo Med Skills, Rajagiri School of Social Sciences, PSN, KITES Softwares Private Limited, Jan Shikshan Sansthan, Kitex Childrens Wear Private Limited and MSM ITI were given awards for their best performance awards. Shri. S. Harikishore IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree briefed about the DDU-GKY programme implemented in Kerala. Shri. Shibu N.P, State Programme Manager, Kudumbashree Mission welcomed the gathering and Dr. K.R Shaiju, District Mission Coordinator, Kudumbashree Thiruvananthapuram District Mission extended Vote of Thanks.