Being the nodal Ministry for most of the development and welfare activities in the rural areas, the Ministry of Rural Development plays a pivotal role in the overall development strategy of the country. The Ministry is gearing towards the Government’s commitment to the development of rural areas, encompassing provision of infrastructure, improvement in human development indicators along with strengthening and diversification of livelihood base of rural households to accomplish the goal of eliminating poverty by 2022 under Mission Antyodaya framework. The central objective of Mission Antyodaya is to bring one crore rural households out of poverty and make 50,000 GPs/5,000 clusters poverty free by 2022 in the first phase of Mission Antyodaya.
Rural Self Employment and Training Institutes (RSETIs), managed by lead banks in every district, provide skill and entrepreneurship training, and hand-hold trainees in setting up micro enterprises and obtaining credit. Any unemployed youth in the age group of 18-45 years, having an aptitude to take up self-employment or wage employment and having some basic knowledge in the related field can undergo training under RSETI.
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) is Ministry of Rural Development’s placement-linked skill training program, announced on Antyodaya Diwas, 25th September, 2014 with the vision to 'transform rural poor youth into economically independent and globally relevant workforce'. It is uniquely placed to empower rural poor youth with employable skills and facilitate their participation in regular labour market.