Ministry of Ayush and Ministry of Rural development today signed Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in developing skilled personnel by imparting training to rural poor youth and women’s for Ayush healthcare system under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya-Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY). Apart from this a course for training of rural youth as panchakarma technicians/assistant will be started on pilot basis.
The MoU valid for three years was signed in the presence of Union Minister of Ayush, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Minister of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Shri Giriraj Singh, Minister of State for Ayush Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai by Dr. Manoj Nesari, Advisor (Ayurveda), Ministry of Ayush and Shri Karma Zimpa Bhutia, Joint Secretary, (Rural Skills), Ministry of Rural Development.
Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, secretary, Ministry of Ayush, Shri P. K. Pathak, Special Secretary, MoA, Dr. Tanuja Nesari Director, AIIA, New Delhi, Shri Shailesh Kumar Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Rural development and other officials of both the ministries were present.
In his address, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said,” Both the ministries will collaborate in boosting the spirit of self-employment. This will enable empowerment of rural youths and women’s. This will increase employment opportunities in rural areas. I hope both ministries will continue to explore similar associations, where we can work together for betterment of society.”
Shri Giriraj Singh, said, “this MoU will be a landmark in empowering women’s self-help groups and rural poor youth. Initial target is to train large number of women’s, which will be increased going forward. We will give priority to self-help groups.”
The training program undertaken under this MoU shall be funded as per DDU-GKY cost norms. NRLM & DDU-GKY will communicate to States/UTs for enlisting willing SHG members and rural poor youth about the courses and its training by institutes of Ministry of Ayush. Whereas, the MoA shall provide its institutes for the purpose of conducting courses, training & certification of the aspirants/candidates. The ministry will also depute nodal agencies across the country, who shall ensure mobilization, counselling, training, placement and tracking of candidates as per DDU-GKY norms in their respective designated states.
Apart from this both ministries will also work on formulating system, wherein technical assistance would be provided in identifying permissible medicinal plantation activities, plant protection, inter-cropping in order to generate additional streams for income under relevant schemes of Ministry of Rural development. Ministry will also arrange training and orientation of plantation beneficiaries and various community level livelihood workers.
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya-Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) is the flagship program of the Ministry of Rural Development, GoI. As a part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), DDU-GKY aims to transform rural poor youth into economically independent and globally relevant workforce.
Through this MoU it is expected to create synergy and convergence between both ministries, and enable fulfillment of larger goal of community development and poverty alleviation in rural areas. Both sides also agreed to set up a Joint Working Group, through which other activity of mutual interest may be identified and joint worked upon by Ministry of Rural Development & Ministry of Ayush.
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