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About National Initiative for Promoting Upskilling of Nirman Workers

Focus: GS II- Government policies and Interventions

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The National Initiative for Promoting Upskilling of Nirman workers (NIPUN) has recently completed its training program for construction workers engaged in the Central Vista project in New Delhi.

About NIPUN:

  • The project NIPUN is an initiative of the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) under its flagship scheme of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM)
  • It will also facilitate and support convergence with related line ministries.
  • The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), the nodal agency under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India, will be the Implementation Partner for the project NIPUN.
  • It will provide trainees with ‘Kaushal Bima’, a three-year accidental insurance with coverage of INR 2 lakhs, digital skills such as cashless transactions and the BHIM app, orientation about entrepreneurship, and EPF and BOCW facilities.
  • A project committee with members from both NSDC and MoHUA will be formed under the chairmanship of the Additional Secretary-cum-Mission Director, DAY-NULM to oversee and monitor the project.
  • To train over 1 lakh construction workers, through fresh skilling and upskilling programmes and provides them with work opportunities in foreign countries also. 
  •  It will enable the construction workers to seek better job opportunities, increase their wages and even pursue overseas placements –   an indication of a new eco-system.
  • The project implementation is divided into three parts –
    • Training through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at construction sites,
    • Training through Fresh Skilling by Plumbing and Infrastructure SSC and
    • International Placement through industries/ builders/ contractors.
  • Under NIPUN, it is also envisaged that NSDC will place approximately 12,000 people in foreign countries such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE and other GCC countries.
  • It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, being implemented since 2014-15,
  • Aim:  To reduce poverty and vulnerability of urban poor households in the country by enabling them to access self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities, resulting in an appreciable improvement in their livelihoods on a sustainable basis.

February 2024