Itanagar: The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDUGKY) was rolled out in Arunachal Pradesh with the signing of the first two memorandums of understanding (MoU) at Pasighat in East Siang district on Sunday.
The DDUGKY is a flagship programme of the union rural development (RD) ministry, and is aimed at placement-linked skill development. The first MoU was signed with the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Technical Education Society, while the other MoU was signed with the Dadi Hamgio Charitable Society.
With the signing, the placement-linked skill development initiative under the DDUGKY is expected to commence in the state from January 2019. Speaking on the occasion, state RD Minister Alo Libang assured of the state government’s support to the project implementing agencies (PIA). He expressed willingness to intervene in facilitating smooth and time-bound implementation of all the central government programmes in the state.
Libang congratulated the PIAs and the Arunachal State Rural Livelihoods Mission Society (ArSRLM) team for completing the first step of implementation of the DDUGKY. While the PIAs would get candidates from locations such as Pasighat and Itanagar with relative ease, it was noted that there is an equal need to cater to remote locations and adopt a process that would uniformly cover all locations, from Longding to Tawang. Libang said there is a need for local agencies to compete with similar agencies at the national level. “The state government is willing to provide an enabling environment, but the agencies need to build their capacities and take on all possible challenges in Arunachal Pradesh in implementing government programmes,” he said. RD Special Secretary Nyali Ete dwelt on the progress made under the programme, and urged the PIAs to initiate work, including mobilization of poor rural youths, at the outset. He also suggested beginning necessary preparatory work, given the certainty of a slowdown because of enforcement of the model code of conduct during the upcoming elections, an official release informed here on Monday.