Gangtok , June 27
Spices Board,Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India, Regional Office Gangtok has initiated a three day Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for the empowerment of farmers engaged in spices cultivation” under Prime Minister’s Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) at Luing, Perbing Village, East Sikkim. Programme was inaugurated by Panchayat President,Shri Datta Ram Panday along with the Panchayat Member Smt. Dhan Maya Chettri.
Prime Minister’s Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is the flagship scheme of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) instituted to develop, improve and certify skill of Indian Youth. Assessment and Recognition of Prior Learning is also undertaken by PMKVY.
The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is the nodal agency to promote skill development. NSDC has been set up as a part of National Skill Development Mission to fulfill the growing need in the country for skilled manpower across various sectors and to narrow down the existing gap between the demand and supply of skills. 412 job roles have been identified and 32 sector skill councils (SSC) have been registered under PMKVY under various sectors. One such Sector Skill council is Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI). NSDC has approved job roles viz. Nursery worker (AGR/Q0807) (NSQF level – 4), Organic Grower (AGR/Q1201) (NSQF level – 4), Spice Crop cultivator (AGR/Q0603) (NSQF level – 4) and Pack house Worker (Q7503) (NSQF level – 3) for the skilling programme to ensure availability of skilled human resources in spices/agriculture sector.
As the Project Implementing Agency (PIA) of the project, Spices Board has been approved by NSDC to implement the RPL project in 18 states of India where Spice crops are largely grown. The project type is RPL Campus (Type 1) and the target beneficiaries will be farmers/workers engaged in Spice sector (group will be RPL in a location where workers of a particular sector are consolidated). This project will be completed by January 2019. It is proposed to conduct 720 Numbers of RPL programmes (no. of RPL candidates: 18,000) with 25 trainees per batch. In one batch there must be minimum of 25 and maximum of 50 trainees.
The Spices Board will conduct 90 such training throughout Sikkim and undertake Skill certification of about 2250 farmers in all the districts of Sikkim. (PIB)