Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Tuesday said that MSDE has trained more than 1.17 crore aspirants in various skills through MSDE schemes and programs since the inception of Skill India.“Skill India is a silent revolution that is underway and is a joint investment that the government along with the private partners, is making for the future growth of the country. It is a path that needs to be tread very carefully since it involves the future of our youth,” said Rajiv Pratap Rudy while marking the completion of three years of inclusive growth and development under the current government. “What we sow today is what we will reap tomorrow. We have hence taken the first two years, to set our base right and align the skill ecosystem to national standards of skill qualification,” added Rudy. He announced of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) on July 15, 2015 by the Prime Minister, which has alone witnessed more than 26.5 lakh people getting trained in skills of their choice till date, of which 50 percent are women candidates. “It is good to see that more and more women candidates are coming forward to take up skills.
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Last year women participation under PMKVY was 40 percent. I am elated to see that we have an equal male female ratio this year cumulatively,” he added. Adding to this he said that the industry/private sector will only partner when they see quality workforce coming out from Skill India.“The Centre’s support comes in the form of funding, alignment with national standards etc. We have aligned short term trainings with the State Skill Development Missions; and World Bank schemes like SANKALP are also being implemented at the State level. Our efforts will cover the last mile very soon,” said Secretary MSDE, K P Krishnan. “A handful of organizations claiming to be PMKVY agencies promising jobs to unemployed youth were taking money and duping the public in the name of MSDE. Such advertisements were found more in vernacular dailies. We condemn such practices and have filed FIRs against them.” He cautioned the public at large to be vary of such frauds and check for the right affiliated centres before joining,” added Rudy on monitoring of fraudulent practices.