Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana scheme was introduced on 25 September 2014 by Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Venkaiah Naidu on the occasion of the 98th birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. It is a youth employment scheme by the Indian government. Its main focus is to target youth, in the age group of 15–35 years. The Vision of DDU-GKY is to “Transform rural poor youth into an economically independent and globally relevant workforce”. DDU-GKY follows a 3-tier implementation model. The DDU-GKY National Unit at MoRD functions as the policy-making, technical support, and facilitation agency. DDU-GKY is applicable to the entire country. The scheme is being implemented currently in 13 States/UTs across 460 districts partnering currently with 82 PIAs covering 18 sectors. The DDU-GKY State Missions provide implementation support, and the Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) implement the programme through skilling and placement projects.
DDU-GKY provides funding support for placement linked skilling projects that address the market demand with funding support ranging from Rs. 25,696 to over Rs. 1 lakh per person, depending on the duration of the project and whether the project is residential or non-residential. DDU-GKY funds projects with training duration from 576 hours (3 months) to 2304 hours (12 months).
Funding components include support for training costs, boarding, and lodging (residential programmes), transportation costs, post-placement support costs, career progression, and retention support costs.
Salient features of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana
- Standards-led Delivery: All program activities are subject to Standard Operating Procedures that are not open to interpretation by local inspectors. All inspections are supported by geo-tagged, time-stamped videos/photographs.
- Enable Poor and Marginalized to Access Benefits: Demand-led skill training at no cost to the rural poor
- Regional Focus: Greater emphasis on projects for poor rural youth in Jammu and Kashmir (HIMAYAT), The North-East region and 27 Left-Wing Extremist (LWE) districts (ROSHINI)
- Inclusive Program Design: Mandatory coverage of socially disadvantaged groups (SC/ST 50%; Minority 15%; Women 33%)
- Enhancing the Capacity of Implementation Partners: Nurturing new training service providers and developing their skills
- Shifting Emphasis from Training to Career Progression: Pioneers in providing incentives for job retention, career progression, and foreign placements
- Proactive Approach to Build Placement Partnerships: Guaranteed Placement for at least 75% trained candidates
Conditions & Eligibility Criteria
- Registered under Indian Trust Acts or any State Society Registration Act or any State Cooperative Societies or Multi-State Cooperative Acts or the Companies Act 2013 or the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2008 OR Government or a semi-government organization at the State and National Level
- Existence as an operational Legal Entity in India for more than 3 financial years (Not applicable for NSDC Partners)
- Positive Net Worth for at least 2 out of last 3 financial years (Not applicable for NSDC Partners)
- Turnover in excess of at least 25% of the proposed project