New Delhi, September 27, 2018: In a bid to understand and address the challenges faced by the district administrations in implementing skill programmes and help develop capacities, Union Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan approved a plan for visits of the senior officers of the Ministry to the ‘Aspirational Districts’.
The officials will undertake the visit between October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti) and January 26, 2019.
The visit will begin with a meeting with Districts Collector/CEO-Jila Parishad and other State-level officers implementing the programmes. The team will have interactions with Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras, training providers, ITIs, Polytechnics and JSS administrations. It will also have conversation with students and industry present in these districts.
This will enable a stock taking of the available skill ecosystem vis-à-vis the available data and provide good understanding of challenges to be addressed at the district level to make youth employable. A detailed reporting format has been prepared which would be utilized by the visiting team.
The Union Government has launched the Aspirational Districts Programme to effectively transform the identified districts through convergence of Central and State schemes; collaborations among officers and creating competition among districts.
This programme lays emphasis on district to bring about overall improvement in the living standard of the citizens and ensuring ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas.’ One of the key focus areas of this programme is skill development.