About 80,000 youths from rural poor families across the country would be trained and provided placement under special schemes of the Ministry of Rural Development.
"The Ministry of Rural Development has drawn up a massive programme for this. Under its National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), 14 projects have been approved by the government for skill training leading to placement of rural BPL youths in urban settings," an official statement from the ministry said.
These projects involve a total investment of about Rs 165 crore of which 75 per cent is to be funded by the Centre. The remaining investment is to be made by the training partners or employers.
These projects will cover about 80,000 rural BPL youths for short term training/skill development leading to their placement in entry level jobs in textiles, construction, computer-based accounting, security services, retail, BPO, hospitality, electrical and other sectors, it said.
In the North Eastern region, the projects include job-oriented skill-based training for rural BPL youths in Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, long-term skill training programme for minority community youths and skill upgradation programme for employment in Assam, training SC, ST, OBC and minority candidates for job-oriented training in Assam, Tripura and Mizoram.
The government has identified NIRD, NABARD, IGNOU and the concerned district authorities as fund dispersal, coordinating and monitoring agencies on behalf of the Ministry of Rural Development, it added.