A slew of pertinent measures have been undertaken to enhance the creativity of our coming generations. To coordinate all efforts for skill development across the country, the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment has recently launched ‘PM-DAKSH’ Portal and ‘PM-DAKSH’ Mobile App.
PM-DAKSH – A single window for Skill Development
The portal is developed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, in collaboration with the National e-Governance Division. The major aim of the portal is to make skill development schemes accessible to the target groups.
The portal provides a facility to register easily for the training institute and program of one’s interest. Besides, it also offers the provision to upload desired documents related to personal information and to register the attendance of the trainees through the face and eye scanning during the training period. Moreover, candidates could also be monitored through the facility of photo and video clips during the training period.
With the help of PM-DAKSH, any person could receive all the information related to skill development training at one place. Also, with just a single click, one can get information about skill development training happening near him/her and can easily register himself/herself for skill training.
PM- DAKSH Portal is available at http://pmdaksh.dosje.gov.in while ‘PM-DAKSH’ Mobile App is available in Google play store.
Pradhan Mantri Dakshta Aur Kushalta Sampann Hitgrahi (PM-DAKSH) Yojana
Pradhan Mantri Dakshta Aur Kushalta Sampann Hitgrahi (PM-DAKSH) Yojana is being implemented by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment from the year 2020-21. Under this Yojana, eligible target groups are being provided skill development training programmes on Up-skilling/Reskilling, Short Term Training Programme, Long Term Training Programme and Entrepreneurship Development Program.
Significance of PM- DAKSH
Many people of the target group belong to the category of rural artisans who have become marginalized owing to the coming of better technologies in the market. The government has also observed a need to empower the women amongst the target group, who, due to their overall domestic compulsions, cannot be involved in wage employment which normally involves long working hours and sometimes migration to other cities. Similar challenges are faced by members of Sanitation Workers & Waste Pickers communities who find it difficult to get into mainstream alternate occupations and are forced to therefore engage in self-employment activities.
Similarly, the youth amongst the target group, owing to their educational backwardness also find it difficult to obtain employment with good compensation after undergoing short-term skilling courses. Therefore, the government is constantly working towards the empowerment of the socially, educationally and economically marginalized sections of the society.
A Mission to Skill Youth
Under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, three Apex Corporations – National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation, National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation and National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation are functioning. These Corporations are providing loans at concessional interest rates to the target groups of backward classes, scheduled castes and Safai Karamcharis for self-employment. Besides, they are also providing free training for the skill development of the target groups.
Also, the skill development training has been imparted to 2,73,152 persons of target groups in the last five years by these three Apex Corporations.Such initiatives can help our youth in supporting themselves and their families through self-employment and wage employment. During the year 2021-22, a target has been set to provide skill development training to approximately 50,000 persons of the target groups through these three Apex Corporations.