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PMKVY 3.0: Transforming Dreams, Empowering Lives

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Unleashing the Potential of Youth in JK

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In a transformative journey aimed at ensuring the benefits of government welfare schemes reach the last person in the queue, the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra is currently making its way across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The Yatra, driven by the Modi ki Guarantee wali Gadi, is receiving a resounding welcome from all corners, with enthusiastic participation from the youth.

The heartbeat of this initiative lies in the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Over the last four years, the Government of India has taken significant steps towards youth empowerment, with a particular focus on skill training.

PMKVY: Transforming Lives Through Skill Certification

Short Term Training (STT): The STT component of PMKVY targets Indian youth who are either school/college dropouts or unemployed. Training centers not only provide industry-relevant skill training but also emphasize soft skills, entrepreneurship, and financial and digital literacy. Successful candidates receive placement assistance, fostering a pathway to a better livelihood.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): The RPL component acknowledges individuals with prior learning experience or skills. Incentives are provided to Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) for implementing RPL projects, addressing knowledge gaps through bridge courses and training on soft skills and job role-related practices.

Special Projects: PMKVY’s Special Projects component creates a platform for training in unique areas or premises, deviating from standard guidelines. The recent PMKVY 3.0 initiative played a pivotal role in preserving and reviving the endangered Namda craft in Kashmir, benefiting thousands of artisans and weavers.

Namda Craft Revival – A Success Story

The Namda project, under PMKVY 3.0, aimed to preserve the traditional Namda craft in Kashmir, a rug made of sheep wool using felting techniques. This special initiative, focusing on Recognition of Prior Learning, targeted over eleven thousand artisans and weavers in Jammu and Kashmir.

The impact has been profound, with more than two thousand individuals from thirty Namda clusters across six districts of Kashmir benefiting. The decline in the export of Namda craft has been reversed, thanks to the short-term training curriculum designed under this special project.

Milestones Achieved in Jammu and Kashmir

With over 3.55 lakh youth in Jammu and Kashmir receiving training under PM Kaushal Vikas Yojana, this initiative stands as a milestone for youth skilling and empowerment. The success of the Namda project highlights the program’s ability to adapt and address unique challenges, showcasing its versatility in preserving traditional crafts and empowering communities.

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