Skill India joins hands with Ministry of Power
Aiming to empower and uplift the rural youth and development, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship partnered today with the Ministry of Power to ensure access to electricity for every household in the country through an ambitious scheme, Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna (SAUBHAGYA). The scheme aims to achieve universal household electrification in all parts of the country at a cost of Rs 16,320 crore, including Gross Budgetary Support of Rs 12,320 crore from the government.
In order to successfully deliver a project of this magnitude, huge volume of skilled workforce would be required across different job roles to enable completion of various components of the work. To support the successful execution of the scheme, the vocational training program has been launched in Six States today namely Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. A total estimated number of participants to be trained between the two job roles of Lineman Distribution (Multiskilled) and Techical Helper is 47000 in these six focus states and more than 55000 across the country.
The launch was done through a video conferencing with States where eminent dignitaries including State Ministers like Dr. Neera Yadav, Hon’ble Minister for Labour and Skill Development, Uttar Pradesh and Deepak Joshi, Hon’ble Minister of Skills, Madhya Pradesh, were present. The Ministers engaged to discuss local challenges and targets to support the project have the best output.
As the scheme is to be implemented across the country with 200 districts as major focus area, the skilling initiatives are proposed to be delivered in a decentralised mode at district level. The training infrastructures available with ITI’s at district level as well as the infrastructures available with the State Power Distribution Utilities will be utilised for skill training of the candidates ensuring successful implementation of the scheme.