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Posted at: Jun 14, 2019, 8:00 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2019, 8:00 AM (IST)

Skill training centre ‘refuses’ to give beneficiary details

RTI activist alleges authorities not transparent

Ropar, June 13

Ropar-based lawyer and RTI activist Dinesh Chadha has alleged that the authorities have not been transparent while implementing the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY). 

He alleged that the authorities refused to provide addresses of those who had got vocational training under the scheme in the district.

The Union Cabinet had approved the scheme for four years (2016-2020) to impart skills to 10 million youths of the country. The youths are being provided training in tailoring, plumbing, embroidery, gardening, hospitality, home furnishing, food processing, handicrafts, data entry, beauty and wellness. The total fee of the trainee is paid by the government under the scheme.

Chadha claimed that as per information provided by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under the RTI Act, 43 per cent of 6,163 total trainees from Ropar district chose the vocation of tailoring. He said the training institutes got Rs 46 per hour per candidate from the government. Chadha said till last month, 6,163 persons got training under the scheme in the district. Of these, 3,060 started earning livelihood. Of these, 1,328 were only tailors, he said. For 380 hours of course for tailoring, the government paid nearly Rs 17,000 against every candidate. With this, the institutes received over Rs 2 crore. He said though crores were spent on the training, the NSDC denied to disclose the identity of beneficiaries.

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