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At 24% placement, ‘skill’ has miles to go

 Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 7: Skill development under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), a flagship skill honing programme of the Prime Minister, has been on the slow lane in Assam. Only 24 per cent of the youths trained under the scheme in the State have got placements. No candidate has been given placement in as many districts of the State.
The allocated enrolment target under the scheme in the State is 54,647 for its term from 2016-20. However, only 40,286 candidates have been enrolled so far. 
Till March 31, 27,989 youths were trained under the scheme in the State. Of them, 23,346 youths were assessed in the State, with the issuance of certificates to 19,278 of them. However, only 6,734 youths have been given placements so far, the percentage being a meagre 24.  
Surprisingly, not a single candidate from nine districts  – Baksa, Goalpara, Golaghat, Hojai, Hailakandi, Kokrajahar, Lakhimpur, Udalguri and West Karbi Anglong – has been given placement. Of the nine districts, Baksa, Golaghat, Hojai and Lakhimpur have no certified candidates at all. 
Meanwhile, officials in the Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Department say that under PMKVY, the Assam Skill Development Mission (ASDM) has fixed the target. “We’re imparting training in 112 centres. We need more such centres. We hope to train all enrolled candidates,” one of the officials said, adding: “We started the scheme in Assam in 2017. So performance should be counted from that year.”