The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to organise a fair for the below poverty line (BPL) families under the Step Up scheme of Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) to impart vocational training to the urban poor.
Around 27 training institutes, selected by the Centre, from across the country will participate in the fair. This is the first time that BMC will promote the programme on this scale. The Step Up scheme is aimed at helping the urban poor and enhancing their skills.
“The fair is aimed at providing a platform to the urban poor to learn about the vocational training being provided under the scheme,” said Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena. Previously people had to directly enrol into different programmes under the scheme. This fair will give them options to look at before choosing which trade would suit them.
“This will be a placement oriented drive where BPL families will also be placed after the completion of their training,” said BMC Slum Improvement Officer (SIO) Binaya Kumar Das. He also pointed out that all the trades on display through the fair may not guarantee a job. BMC has set itself a target to train 4,600 BPL individuals.
On completion of the training, certificates will be issued. They will also be provided a stipend of Rs. 750/-. The duration of most of the training programmes is either one or two months.