The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20 September 2017 approved Home Ministry’s proposal for extension of the time period of the "Special Industry Initiative for J&K" - Udaan scheme till 31 December 2018 without any modification and cost escalation.
The time period of Udaan was initially up to 2016-17. The main objective of the scheme is to provide exposure to the youth of Jammu & Kashmir to the best of corporate India and corporate India to the rich talent pool available in the state.
Till now, 109 leading Corporates have partnered with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under UDAAN with a commitment to train youth from J & K in sectors including Organized Retail, Banking, Financial Services, IT, Infrastructure and Hospitality.
So far, 34,587 candidates have been selected among whom 31903 candidates have joined, 22237 candidates have completed the training, 7649 are undergoing training and 14694 have been offered jobs.
Overall, the scheme has gained a good momentum and pace in the state during the fiscal year 2016-17 in spite of four months of unrest. More than 12,000 candidates had joined training and nearly 10,000 candidates were offered jobs.
Besides this, around 140 mega selection drives were held that covered almost all districts of the state.
It is a national integration scheme. Its main goal is to mainstream the youth of J&K with rest of the country.
The scheme not only provides skill enhancement and job opportunity but also connects the state’s youth with the widespread corporate sector of India.
Who: Union Cabinet
When: 20 September 2017