After Social Security, Govt Offers Skill Devt For Poor
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As Modi completes one year in power, he has been on an announcement spree to fulfill his promises after coming to power.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced three flagship social security schemes on Saturday (9 May), including an insurance cover for less than Re 1 per day, on Sunday (10 May), the government announced that about 14 lakh households, which have completed 100 days of work under the rural job flagship scheme MGNREGA in the last financial year and have workers under 35 years of age will be imparted skill development training to help them find urban employment opportunities.
Also, the government will soon launch a mega programme to expeditiously provide PAN card to all.
The project, named Livelihoods in Full Employment (LIFE), has identified 14 lakh households which have completed 100 days work in 2014-15 and have workers under 35 years of age, the ministry said in a communique.
Government has proposed that workers from such households may be skilled in line with the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Skill Development Yojana programmes of the Rural Development Ministry.
The project aims at strengthening the livelihoods of the poorest households dependent on MGNREGA work for their sustenance, the communique said.
This would be done by imparting skills required for migrating to urban areas using the apprenticeship or the DDU-SKY skill training and later placing them in jobs in urban areas.
The programme will also strive to group workers into labour cooperatives, training and equipping them so that they seek contract work with construction/road laying firms, it said.
It will also organise workers into groups, skill and equip them with essential machinery to take up agricultural operations efficiently and at competitive market rates.
According to government officials, this will not only help in giving sustainable incomes to the workers but would resolve the problem of labour shortage in agriculture.
The 'LIFE-MGNREGA' is likely to be implemented in July and states have been asked to prepare their plans.
PAN For All?
After the success of Jan Dhan Yojana, the government will soon launch a mega programme to expeditiously provide PAN card to all.
The government in the Budget had announced that quoting of PAN ((Permanent Account Number) will be mandatory for any purchase or sale exceeding Rs 1 lakh. But, concerns were raised about complying with this condition since everyone, particularly in rural areas, does not possess a PAN card.
Besides, special camps will be organised throughout the country, including rural areas, to help people get PAN cards.
There are about 24-25 crore families in the country and about 21 crore PAN cards have been issued so far. Of these, 7.5 lakh are with corporates.
Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha had accepted recently that many people do not have PAN cards.
"We are going to make it as easy as possible to be able to get the PAN cards. If we can sign up everybody with the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, you can be sure that we can sign up people for PAN cards also," he had said.
PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number, issued in the form of a laminated card by the Income Tax Department .