On September 17, 2021, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Ministry of Railways launched Rail Kaushal Vikas Yojana (RKVY) under the aegis of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) from Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.
- The program envisages empowering youth viz. 50000 candidates with industry relevant skills over a period of three years under the Apprentice Act 1961 through 75 Railway training institutes. It will be free of cost.
- This program is a part of 75 years of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and will also contribute towards Skill India Mission.
Key Features of Program:
i.The program curriculum has been developed by Banaras Locomotive Works, Uttar Pradesh. It is a nodal Production Unit(PU) of the scheme.
ii.The Central Government will also set up mobile skill training units to improve reach in remote areas.
iii.The training will be provided in four trades viz. Electrician, Welder, Machinist and Fitter for 100 hours.
iv.The selection of candidates aged between 18-35 years for training will be based upon marks in matriculation.
- The selected candidates will be awarded certificate in the allotted trade by the Vadodara, Gujarat based National Rail & Transportation Institute (NRTI), upon conclusion.
- The scheme does not claim to provide employment in Railways.
About Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY):
Launched in 2015, it encourages and promotes skill development by providing free short term training (STT) and by providing monetary rewards to youth for skill certification.
- Its total budgetary outlay was Rs 12000 Crores for the year 2016-2020.
- The Training is provided according to the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF).
- It has two components for the year 2016-2020 viz. Centrally Sponsored Centrally Managed (CSCM) and Centrally Sponsored State Managed (CSSM).
Recent Related News:
Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated & dedicated several Railway Projects worth Rs 1,100 crore in Gujarat including the inauguration of the newly renovated Gandhinagar Capital railway station. It is India’s 1st redeveloped station in line with Central government’s plan to modernise railway stations through Public Private Partnerships.
About Ministry of Railways:
Union Minister – Ashwini Vaishnaw (Constituency- Odisha)
Ministers of State (MoS)– Danve Raosaheb Dadarao (Jalna, Maharashtra), Darshana Vikram Jardosh (Surat, Gujarat)
Railway Board Chairman– Suneet Sharma