Saksham, a flagship project of NGO Plan India, is planning to launch initiatives from January 2014 to help youths hailing from humble economic backgrounds generate required entrepreneurial and other market-driven vocational skills to procure employment.
    
"Although the project was designed before the nature’s mayhem hit Uttarakhand, initiating vocational and self-entrepreneurial training in Uttarkashi and Gairsain will now add to relevance of our effort even more. The aim is to provide area specific trade skills to youths for purposes of self-entrepreneurship," Plan India programme policy and strategy director Meena Narula said.
    
The programme, mainly intended to provide assistance and benefits to youths aged between 18 and 29 years, will expand to Gairsain village in Chamoli district and Uttarkashi, besides Mahipalpur, Mongolpuri, Sultanpuri and other areas of Delhi.
    
Unlike the three previous phases, Saksham is set to introduce an entrepreneurship drive along with vocational training in customer relation services, retail management and IT enabled services.

"The project is underway. We are studying area specific labour market to tap appropriate skills needed to be imparted and entrepreneurial initiatives required in Gairsain and Uttarkashi areas," said Harshvardhan Sharma, Project Manger, Saksham.

"For those youths who plan to own a boutique or a repair store, they will be able to procure funds from entrepreneurship managed micro-finance (EMFF). Additionally career counselling, life skills training will also be provided to students who wish to study further," he said.
    
Filmmaker Govind Nihalani, who is also the Chairperson of Plan India, believes that it is important to empower communities so they can sustain the change. The NGO has also organized a 'National Workshop on Improving Quality of Life of Children' in the national capital on Tuesday.

(Agencies)

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