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PIB Summaries 16 February 2023


  1. Vibrant Village Programme
  2. Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana

Vibrant Village Programme

Focus: GS III- Indian Economy (Infrastructure)

Why in News?

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, has approved Centrally Sponsored Scheme- “Vibrant Villages Programme” (VVP) for the Financial Years 2022-23 to 2025-26 with financial allocation of Rs. 4800 Crore.

About Vibrant Village Programme

  • The program’s goal is to enhance infrastructure in villages along India’s China border.
  • In states like Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Arunachal Pradesh, infrastructure will be enhanced.
  • Residential and tourism centres will be built as part of the programme.
  • It will also facilitate the development of decentralised renewable energy sources and increase road connectivity.
  • Aside from that, there will be direct access to Doordarshan and educational channels. A source of income will be offered.
Focus areas:
  • It emphasises the generation of livelihoods, road connectivity, housing, rural infrastructure, renewable energy, television, and broadband connections.
  • This goal will be achieved by improving infrastructure in villages near the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Need of such scheme:
  • The programme is a rebuke to China’s model villages, but the term was picked with care to avoid causing a stir in the neighbouring country.
  •  In recent years, China has created new communities along the LAC, mainly across the Arunachal Pradesh border.
  • Villages on the Indian side of the border have undergone unprecedented out-migration while China has been placing new citizens in border areas.

Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana

Focus: Government Policies and Interventions

Why in News?

Recently, to empower youth by providing them entry-level skill training in Railway Training Institutes, “Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana” (RKVY) has been notified.

About Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana:

Nodal: Ministry of Railway.

  • Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana is a sub-scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)
  • It is a skill development scheme with a special focus on providing training for jobs that are relevant to the Railways.
Technical Trades and Eligibility Criteria
  • The training is imparted in fourteen industry-relevant technical trades such as Electrician, Welder, Machinist, Fitter, etc.
  • Candidates who have passed class X and are aged between 18 and 35 are eligible to apply.
Training and Certification
  • The training is provided free of cost to the candidates, and there is no provision for providing employment under this scheme.
  • Participants are selected based on a transparent mechanism that considers marks in matriculation.
  • After the program, trainees have to pass a standardized assessment and receive a certificate in the allotted trade by the National Rail and Transportation Institute.

July 2024