In a bid to tackle the Naxal menace in 24 worst-affected districts, the Centre has decided to start a training and placement initiative ‘Roshni’ for 50,000 youth from vulnerable tribal groups.
Under the scheme, national-level agencies will be designated to act as monitoring and coordinating agencies in the Naxal-hit districts.
Sukma, one of the worst-affected districts of Chhattisgarh where May 25 attack on Congress leaders took place, has also been included under the ‘Roshni’ programme.
Beneficiaries aged between 18 and 35 years with requisite aptitude depending upon the trade or job requirements will be selected according to the ‘participatory identification of poor’ to make inroads among the people from whom Naxals draw their cadres.
Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said at least 50 per cent of the candidates covered under the scheme would be women and training would be imparted through public-private and public-public partnerships.
Educational institutions, corporate entities, commercial and non-profit training providers would be roped in for implementing the scheme.
“Roshni will show a new path to the youths being targeted by Maoists. The training providers will ensure 75 per cent placement defined as continuous employment for three months at higher than minimum wages. The placements will be provided anywhere in the country,” Ramesh said. The funding for the ‘Roshni’ scheme would be in the ratio of 75:25 to be shared between the Centre and the states.
Four training models with the duration ranging from three months to one year would be taken up to meet the diverse needs of youth depending on their entry-level qualifications.