New Scheme to skill youth in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal: With an eye on polls and wooing the youth, the Madhya Pradesh cabinet headed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday approved a new scheme for providing skill training for youth along with a stipend ranging from Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000. The scheme is named “Mukhyamantri Seekho Kamao Yojana” (Chief Minister Learn-Earn Scheme) on the lines of the Union government’s Seekho Aur Kamao Scheme.

The registration of partners for training youth will start from June 7 and the registration of youth will start from June 15. The youth will start working on August 1.

The chief secretary of the state will head the empowered committee that will operate the scheme.

The youth carrying domiciles of Madhya Pradesh aged 18 to 29 years whose educational qualification is 12th or ITI or higher, will be eligible for the scheme. Earlier, addressing the cabinet colleagues at his residence-cum-office here chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said it is a historic day for the state as a new scheme is being implemented to impart necessary skills to the youth for employment. Chouhan said the youth will also get paid along with learning the skill. Companies and the service sector will be linked for skill training.

Now, the unemployment allowance is redundant, and the new scheme will give wings to the youth by enhancing their capacity so that they can fly high and get new opportunities for employment, progress, and development.

The meeting of the council of ministers chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, began with the recitation of Vande Mataram. A presentation on the skill development scheme for the youth was made which was approved by the council of ministers. Under the scheme, at least one lakh youths will be provided training in establishments. After the training, the State Council for Vocational Training (SCVT) certificate will be given by the Madhya Pradesh State Skill Development and Employment Generation Board (MPDEGB).

The government intends to connect prestigious industrial and private institutions of the country with the scheme. Workshops will be held in Pune, Bengaluru, and Noida to link key establishments with the scheme. Establishments will be able to take student trainees up to 15% of their total workforce

Under the scheme, 12th pass trainees will be given a stipend of Rs 8,000 per month, ITI passes Rs 8,500, diploma passes Rs 9,000 and graduates or persons with higher educational qualifications will be given Rs 10,000 per month stipend. 75% amount of the stipend will be paid by DBT to the trainee on behalf of the state government. The concerned establishment will have to deposit 25% of the prescribed minimum stipend in the bank account of the trainee.

In all, 703 work areas have been identified for training in the scheme including the manufacturing sector, engineering, electrical, mechanical, civil, management, marketing, hotel management, tourism, travel, hospital, railway, IT sector, software development, banking, insurance, accountancy, chartered accountancy and other financial services

The additional chief secretary/principal secretary of the skill development and employment department will be the member secretary of the empowered committee while the additional chief secretary/principal secretary of finance, industrial policy and investment promotion, micro-small and medium enterprises, labor, higher education, and technical education departments will be members of the committee.