For skills development of youth in coastal areas, the Ministry of Shipping signed a MoU with theMinistry of Rural Development in New Delhi today. The MoU is for SAGARMALA convergence – Ministry’ prestigious project and Ministry of Rural Development’s flagship program DeenDayalUpadhyayGrameenKaushalyaYojana (DDU GKY).
Highlights | SAGARMALA convergence
- DDU-GKY is expected to bring in its skilling expertise to provide skilling for the coastal communities, thereby preparing them to take advantage of the job opportunities that are expected to come up in the maritime sector following port-led development under Sagarmala.
- This MoU will meet the exact skill needs of industries in the port and maritime sector and provide the coastal communities right skills for better opportunities emanating from the large scale impact of Sagarmala projects.
- With skill development, there will be close involvement of the coastal communities in Sagarmala and will make them contributors in the economic development and will ensure the inclusive growth of the coastal districts of the country.
- The Centre is planning to facilitate fisherman with mechanized trawlers that will allow them to fish till 30-40 Nautical Miles in the international ocean. This will generate employment opportunities for youth in coastal areas, as fishing is a big industry, which involves processing, packaging, and export of fish and other sea produce.
- There is a need to develop tourism around lighthouses in coastal areas, as this will provide employment to rural youth in these areas.
Analysis | SAGARMALA convergence
- After this MoU agreement, rural youth and women of coastal areas will be able to develop skills for Maritime, Shipping and Port Management. Under the skill development pilot project, around 7,000 persons have been already been trained and out of this 600 people have been already got employment.
- The Coastal Communities are key stakeholders in the Sagarmala Programme and their skill development and livelihood is an important objective of the program. A budget of Rs.100 Cr. has been allocated under Sagarmala for coastal community development activities.
- Before execution, understanding the exact requirement is a key step and therefore, an on-ground survey for an accurate understanding of skill needs of 21 coastal districts has been done so that the training programs can be aligned to the exact requirements.
- Along with the Skill gap studies, District Action Plans have been made in consultation with the State Governments and districts concerned and training will commence from May 2017. Specific training needs have been identified for more than 60000 trainees in the next phase through more than 100+ skill projects.
Significance | SAGARMALA convergence
- The primary goal of the Skills and Livelihoods in Sagarmala is to meet the exact skill needs of industries in the port and maritime sector and provide the coastal communities right skills for better opportunities emanating from the large scale impact of Sagarmala projects.
- It is expected that the close involvement of the coastal communities in Sagarmala will make them contributors in the economic development and will ensure the inclusive growth of the coastal districts of the country.