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Urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu said to realise the ‘Make in India’ objective, skill development is essential. Photo: Hindustan Times
Urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu said to realise the ‘Make in India’ objective, skill development is essential. Photo: Hindustan Times

Govt announces scheme to uplift the poor

Rs500 crore Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana to work towards enhancing livelihood opportunities

New Delhi: The Union government on Thursday announced a scheme for the upliftment of the poor in urban and rural areas. The scheme has been named the Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana (DAY) and will work towards enhancing livelihood opportunities through skill development and other means.

DAY will reach out to the poor in all statutory urban habitations. In the case of the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) that was launched last year, only 790 cities and towns were included in the scheme. “The government has decided to extend these measures to all 4,041 statutory cities and towns under the urban component of DAY," said parliamentary affairs and urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu.

An outlay of 1,000 crore has been provisioned for urban poverty alleviation during 2014-15. Half of the allocated amount will be spent on skill development of over 500,000 urban poor.

Naidu said to realise the ‘Make in India’ objective, skill development is essential. He observed: “If India is to emerge as a manufacturing base to meet global needs, the only certain way is to empower every youth of the country with the necessary skills. Skill development has multiple outcomes including enhancing employment opportunities, stimulating economic growth and promoting the self-worth of beneficiaries.’’

DAY will focus on imparting skills with an expenditure of 15,000 -18,000 on each person i the case of the urban poor, promotion of self-employment and providing training to the beneficiaries to meet the demands of the market.

The scheme was announced on Thursday, which also marks the 98th birth anniversary of Deendayal Upadhyaya, who was a leader of the Bhartiya Jana Sangh, a forerunner of the Bhartiya Janata Party. The scheme was announced by Naidu and drinking water and sanitation minister Nitin Gadkari at a national convention on skills for rural and urban poor.

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