NEW DELHI: For skills development of youth in coastal areas, the Ministry of Shipping signed an MoU with the Ministry of Rural Development in New Delhi. The MoU is for convergence of the Ministry’s prestigious project Sagaramala and Ministry of Rural Development’s flagship programme Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU GKY). DDU-GKY is expected to bring in its skilling expertise to provide skilling for the coastal communities, thereby preparing them to take advantage of the job opportunities that are expected to come up in the maritime sector following port led development under Sagarmala.
Speaking on this occasion, Shri Nitin Gadkari said that this MoU will meet the exact skill needs of industries in the port and maritime sector and provide the coastal communities right skills for better opportunities emanating from the large scale impact of Sagarmala projects.
In the first phase, skill training was undertaken in 22 districts in 5 States of A.P, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha and Tamil Nadu with 23 Project Implementing. Out of a total planned target of 2130, training has commenced in respect of 1483, 935 trainees have been trained in 35 trades, 646 trainees have been placed and 548 are currently undergoing training. The next phase is expected to scale up the effort based on the learning from the past and be more refined and focussed on port and maritime sector. It will include all districts where skill gap studies and district action plans have been completed.