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Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana: Centre counters information on jobs revealed through RTI filed by Pune-based activist

The RTI application was filed by activist Vivek Velankar, founder of a city-based NGO Sajak Nagarik Manch, on May 14 seeking details of jobs created under the ambitious employment scheme of the central government.

pune Updated: Aug 23, 2018 15:11 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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While the information given as the response to the RTI application has claimed only 89, 627 jobs were given, the central government officials have refuted the information claiming it “wrong”. (Shutterstock)

The central government has countered its own information revealed through an application filed under the Right to Information Act (RTI) which says only 89,627 jobs have been given under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) launched by the rural development ministry in 2014.

The RTI application was filed by activist Vivek Velankar, founder of a city-based NGO Sajak Nagarik Manch, on May 14 seeking details of jobs created under the ambitious employment scheme of the central government.

While the information given as the response to the RTI application has claimed only 89, 627 jobs were given, the central government officials have refuted the information claiming it “wrong”.

Alka Upadhyaya, joint secretary, ministry of rural development said, “The information given by the RTI is wrong and incomplete. The DDU-GKY scheme of the government of India is one of the best performing schemes of the rural development ministry. So far, 5.67 lakh have been trained in different skill development centres from across the country. Out of this, over 3 lakh 48 thousand have got jobs after the completion of the training.”

According to Velankar, the rural development ministry had no information on the query raised through the RTI. Ergo, the ministry then forwarded the RTI application to National bank for agriculture and rural development (Nabard) which handed over the information to the activist.

According to the information released by Nabard, under the particular scheme, so far, only 89,627 jobs have been provided by the union government.

Upadhyaya said, “I am not in possession of the exact knowledge given by Nabard under the RTI. However, the information provided through the RTI application was wrong.”

According to Upadhyaya, the details provided by the Nabard might be restricted to only the centres under the jurisdiction of Nabard and not the overall centres in the country.

Responding to the claims by the government officials, Velankar said, “It is a serious concern that the central government cannot provide the correct information in response to the RTI. It is surprising that the RTI is being transferred internally owing to lack of information.”

Perhaps, the government has failed to monitor one of its own schemes, said Velankar.

The ambitious scheme

According to the information given by the central government:

Number of candidates trained so far in the country: 5 lakh 67 thousand

Number of candidates who have got the jobs: over 3 lakh 48 thousand

Information given in response to the RTI:

-Yearwise breakup of jobs created:

2014-15: 7,416

2015-16: 29,908

2016-17: 30,947

2017-18: 21,356

Total number of institutes given authorisation to run the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana scheme in the country: 338

Statewise breakup of the institutes:

1) Maharashtra: 53

2) Chhattisgarh: 46

3) Uttar Pradesh: 49

4) Madhya Pradesh: 31

5) Tripura: 6

6) Manipur: 6

7) Nagaland: 2

8) Mizoram: 2

9) Uttarakhand: 11

10) Himachal Pradesh: 13

11) Odisha: 119

* Information as per Nabard’s reponse to RTI

The Details

Under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), the skill development and placement programme of ministry of rural development (MoRD), government of India, awareness programmes on skill development and placement for unemployed educated and uneducated youths at the block headquarters are conducted.

Under DDU-GKY, rural youths in the age group of 15-35 years can undergo skill development and placement free of cost which is inclusive of food, accommodation, uniforms, learning materials and one-time travel to place of placement.

DDU-GKY programme is implemented on private-public-partnership (PPP) mode, where eligible organisations with valid permanent registration number (PRN) implement the programme as project implementing partners (PIAs).

First Published: Aug 23, 2018 15:11 IST