In a bid to understand and address the challenges faced by the district administrations in implementing skill programs and help develop capacities, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan has approved a plan for visits of the senior officers of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to the ‘Aspirational Districts’ between October 2, 2018 and January 26, 2019.
The visit of officers of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will begin with a meeting with Districts Collector / CEO-Zila Parishad and other State-level officers implementing the programs.
The team will also have interactions with Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras, training providers, ITIs, Polytechnics, and JSS administrations.
The team would also have a 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 the good understanding of challenges to be addressed at the district level to make youth employable.
Launched in January this year, the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme aims to quickly and effectively transform some of the most underdeveloped districts of the country.
The broad contours of the programme are Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors), and Competition among districts driven by a Mass Movement or a Jan Andolan.
With States as the main drivers, this program will focus on the strength of each district, identify low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measure progress, and rank districts.
To enable optimum utilization of their potential, this program focuses closely on improving people’s ability to participate fully in the burgeoning economy. Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure are this programme’s core areas of focus.
If these districts are transformed, there would be the tremendous improvement in the internal security environment of the country. If Prabhari officers can bring convergence in the development efforts of different Ministries and State Governments and the schemes specially launched by Home Ministry in these districts, it would serve as a great opportunity to ensure rapid development in the country.