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 Pradhan Mantri Virasat Ka Samvardhan (PM VIKAS)

Focus: GS II: Government schemes

Why in News?

The Ministry of Minority Affairs has renamed the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Ko Kaam Karyakram (PMKKK) Scheme as the Pradhan Mantri Virasat Ka Samvardhan (PM VIKAS) Scheme.

About the Scheme:

  • It is a central-sector programme that focuses on the leadership, entrepreneurial, and skill-building needs of the nation’s minority and artisan groups.
  • The scheme has been approved by the Cabinet for the period of 15th Finance Commission.
  • Components of the scheme:
    • Skill and Training
    • Leadership and Entrepreneurship
    • Education
    • Infrastructure Development

This is an integrated scheme that converges five erstwhile schemes of the Ministry of Minority Affairs viz,

Seekho aur Kamao:

This is a placement linked skill development scheme  aims to improve the skills of minority youth in a variety of modern and traditional skills depending on their educational background, current economic trends, and market potential.

USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development): 

The rich heritage of the traditional  arts and crafts of the minority populations is intended to be promoted and preserved.

Hamari Dharohar: 

It was created to preserve the rich heritage of India’s minority populations.

Nai Roshni:

It is a leadership development programme for women from minority populations who are between the ages of 18 and 65. It began in 2012–2013.

Nai Manzil: 

The programme is intended to help youth (including men and women) from six notified minority communities who are between the ages of 17 and 35 , who do not have formal school leaving certificate.

Objectives:
  • Using the elements of skill development, education, women’s leadership, and entrepreneurship, PM VIKAS seeks to enhance the livelihoods of minorities, notably the artisan populations.
  • In order to achieve the scheme’s ultimate goal of raising beneficiaries’ wages and providing support via facilitating credit and market links, these components work best together.

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