How This Govt Program Is Changing Rural Odisha

Started in 2014, DDU-GKY is a rural youth employment scheme under the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and its wide-scale uptake in Odisha has enabled the state to win the best performer under DDU-GKY for two consecutive years.

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This is the stuff dreams are made of. Poonam Kumari, daughter of a truck driver, went from being an unemployed high school graduate to earning Rs.20,000 a month with Café Coffee Day after a three-month coffee making training programme under the government’s Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushal Yojana (DDU-GKY) scheme. Not only has the scheme given Poonam financial independence it has honed her with world-class skills that brought her international recognition. In 2017 she bagged the first prize, a cash award of Rs. 40,000 at an international coffee making contest held in Mexico with participants from 32 countries…Read more

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