Bhubaneswar, May 8
As many as 96,000 youths have been trained under Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramin Kalyan Yojana (DDU-GKY) and employment sources have been created for 70,000 of them.
According to State Panchayatiraj Department sources, the Odisha government has set a target to train over two lakh youths over the next two years. Odisha emerged as the top State in the country in skill development sector even as ORMAS bagged the Prime Minister’s award for this achievement. Organisations like Escorts, Tata’s Westside, GMR Group, Sahi Exports, KIIT University, Care Hospital Group, Apollo Hospitals and Gram Tarang have taken a lead in absorbing skilled youths from Odisha.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated the Panchayatiraj Department, ORMAS and other organizations along with departments and agencies involved in DDUGKY and making this programme a success. “It is due to the consistent efforts, ORMAS has achieved one-fifth of the National target. Different organisations and companies are looking forward to employ youths from Odisha. Most importantly, other states have shown interest in imparting skills to their youths in Odisha,” the Chief Minister said.
Odisha Panchayatiraj Department Minister Pradip Maharathy hailed the achievements of ORMAS for its consistent success in skill development sector for 2016-17 and 2017-18. National Rural Livelihoods Mission Director Pranab Jyoti Nath and ORMAS Executive Director BN Das received the award from Union Panchayatiraj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar at the National Ajeevikaevam Kaushal Mela in Jharkhand.