PM-DAKSH Yojana Launched to Boost Employability

PM-Daksh Scheme target to train during next three years will be 1,69,300 candidates from 2023-24 to 2025-26 with a budgetary outlay of Rs.286.42 crore.

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The Pradhan Mantri Dakshata Aur Kushalata Sampanna Hitgrahi (PM-DAKSH) Yojana, a Central Sector Scheme, was launched during 2020-21. The main objective of the Scheme is to enhance competency level of the target groups to make them employable both in self- employment and wage-employment for their socio-economic development. The target group under this scheme are SCs, OBCs, EBCs, DNTs Safai Karamcharis including waste pickers etc. The age criterion of scheme between 18-45 years and income criteria is no income limit for SCs, SafaiKaramcharis Including wastepicker and DNT. The annual  family income  should be below Rs.3 lakhfor OBCs and the EBCs (Economically Backward Classes) annual family  income below Rs.1 lakh.

Types of Trainings, duration and average cost per candidate

  1. Up-skilling/Reskilling ( 35 to 60 hours/ 5 days to 35 days):-Rs.3000/- to Rs.8000/-
  2. Short Term Training (300 hours/3 months) :-Rs.22,000/-
  3. Entrepreneurship Development Programme ( 90 hours/15 days):Rs.7000/-
  4. Long Term Training ( 650 hours/7 months) :- Rs.45,000/-

The cost of training is as per common norms issued by Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship; Government of India and it varies as per duration of the course. Up-skilling for Safai Karamcharis including waste pickers is for 35 hours/5 days with average cost of Rs.3000/- per candidate.

The Cost of the training to trainees is free of cost. The stipend under this scheme of Rs.1,500/- per month to SCs and Safai Karamcharis and  Rs.1,000/- per month to OBCs/EBCs/DNTs for non-residential Short Term and Long Term training courses and the Wage compensation Rs.2500/- per candidate is given to SCs/OBCs/EBCs/DNTs candidates for Upskilling/Reskilling programme. Wage compensation Rs.500/- per candidate is given to Safai Karamcharis candidates for Upskilling programme.

The Performance during 2020-21 to 2022-23 under PM-DAKSH Yojana is given below:

(Rs. In Crore)


(up to 31.07.2023)

Financial TargetFunds released

*Placement is done after assessment and certification, which is in progress.

Under the PM-Daksh Scheme target to train during next three years will be 1,69,300 candidates from 2023-24 to 2025-26 with a budgetary outlay of Rs.286.42 crore. Year-wise target with an estimated expenditure is given below:-

YearNo. of Candidates to be trainedEstimated Expenditure (In Rs. Crore)


During last three years of implementation from 2020-21 to 2022-23, a total of 107156 beneficiaries    have been trained and an amount of Rs. 213.83 crore has been spent under PM-DAKSH.

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