In a recent major development, the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar launched 'PM-DAKSH' portal and 'PM-DAKSH' mobile app developed by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, together with the National E-Governance Division (NeGD), in a bid to make skill development schemes accessible all youth target groups.
The official release by the Ministry read, "Through the portal and app, the youth of the target groups will now be able to avail the benefits of skill development training programs more easily."
The Pradhan Mantri Dakshta Aur Kushalta Sampann Hitgrahi (PM-DAKSH) Yojana is being implemented by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment from the year 2020-21. Under this yojana, eligible target groups are being provided skill development training programs on Up-skilling/Reskilling; Short Term Training Programme; Long Term Training Programme, and Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP).
These training programs are being implemented through government training institutes, sector skill councils constituted by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and other credible institutions.
"Today, I am feeling proud to launch this portal and mobile app for public use. Keeping in view the usefulness and practicality of any suggestions received related to the implementation of this portal, this Ministry will make necessary improvements so that this portal can become more useful and beneficial for the target groups enabling them to be skilled and become self-reliant by availing opportunities related to self-employment or wage employment," Dr Virendra Kumar said.
These Corporations are constantly striving to make the target groups financially and socially self-reliant, both through loans and skill development training. As per the information available, skill development training has been imparted to 2,73,152 persons of target groups in the last five years by these three Apex Corporations, enabling them to support themselves and their families through self-employment and wage employment.
During the year 2021-22, a target has been set to provide skill development training to approximately 50,000 persons of the target groups through the above three Apex Corporations.