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QUESTION NO.1934 SWARNA PRAVAS YOJANA

January 04, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1934
TO BE ANSWERED ON 04.01.2018

SWARNA PRAVAS YOJANA

1934. SHRI PARIMAL NATHWANI:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) Whether the Swarna Pravas Yojana to impart skill development for overseas employment to the Indian youth is yet to be implemented;

(b) If so, the details thereof and the number of persons proposed to be skilled under the Scheme;

(c) the details of funds allocated for this purpose; and

(d) the action taken by Government for implementation of the Scheme expeditiously and successfully?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI M. J. AKBAR)

(a) to (d) Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY), formerly known as Swarna Pravas Yojana, is a skill development scheme of the Ministry of External Affairs aimed at enhancing the skill set of potential emigrant workers in select sectors and job roles, in line with international standards, to facilitate overseas employment opportunities.

Towards this end, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on July 2, 2016 between the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) for implementation of the Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY). The initial focus of the scheme is on professions that are in demand in the Gulf region.

The Scheme includes a technical top up training (domain training) to be provided by MSDE through the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). This is complemented by Pre-Departure Orientation Training (PDOT) under MEA’s responsibility aimed at sensitizing the prospective migrants about overseas employment, customs, language, culture, living conditions and their rights and responsibilities in the destination country.

NSDC has already operationalised 13 India International Skill Centres in the pilot phase covering eight sectors Domestic Workers, Retail, Hospitality, Capital Goods, Healthcare, Construction, Automotive and Security. Around 400 students have been enrolled in these Centres.

MEA’s contribution under the scheme is towards the PDOT. The Ministry had allocated Rs. 10.00 crore for PKVY for the last financial year and the same amount for the current financial year.

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