Skill India to support electrification scheme ‘Saubhagya’
A special project under the PMKVY launched in Six States -
Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.
Around 47,000 Distribution Lineman-Multi Skills and
Technical Helpers will be trained in these six focus states to give fillip to
Government’s mission of bringing electricity to every
household and to empower the rural youth, Ministry of Power partnered today
with the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship to train the
manpower in six states for speedy implementation of its SAUBHAGYA scheme.
SAUBHAGYA (Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna) aims
to achieve universal household electrification in all parts of the country in a
time bound manner.
Around 4 crore households are expected to get electricity
connections under the scheme.
SAUBHAGYA is a scheme with estimated expenditure of 16000
crore, out of which 25 per cent is estimated to be spent on wages and human
resource deployed for the project.
This is a big employment opportunity for skilled workforce
and we will work jointly with Ministry of Power across the nation to ensure
that we avail this opportunity for our youth and help them better their
The launch of this parnership was done through a video
conferencing with States where eminent dignitaries including Ministers from
State governments, were present.
The Ministers engaged to discuss local challenges and
targets to support the project to have the best output.
The scheme is undertaken as a special project under the
government’s Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).
Around 47,000 Distribution Lineman-Multi Skills and 8,500
Technical Helpers will be trained to meet the requirement of power sector.
The workforce already engaged by contractors implementing
this project will be considered first for the skill development programmes.
Incase if any shortfalls arise, these will be met by ITI
Electrician trade pass-outs from the local ITIs.
Total 48 hours of training (12 hours Orientation + 36 hours
Bridge course) will be provided to the existing workforce of the contractors
and 120 hours of training will be provided to the fresh and ITI (Electrician
As the scheme is to be implemented across the country with
200 districts as major focus area, the skilling initiatives are proposed to be
delivered in a decentralized mode at district level.
The training infrastructures available with ITI’s at
district level as well as the infrastructures available with the State Power
Distribution Utilities will be utilized for skill training of the candidates
ensuring successful implementation of the scheme.
SAUBHAGYA is more than a mission to provide electricity to
the entire nation and ensure energy security.
Since SAUBHAGYA offers many collateral benefits, which
includes creating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for the rural
youth, it will end up in bringing new hope and happiness into people’s lives.