This year, govt to train 20,000 in retail trade

After announcing its decision to make Delhi the first state to implement FDI in retail, the Congress-led government has taken another step in the direction. The Delhi government recently announced the increasing of its target enrolment under Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana to 20,000 this year from the previous target of 1,500. The plan includes opening 120 centres across the city to impart training in retail trade to unemployed youths.

"There is a 15 per cent increase in the number of training centres. The number of training agencies have also been increased from last year's 10 to 36. With the coming of FDI in trade, our focus is on training the youth in retail trade," Director of Mission Convergence Santosh Vaidya said.

Promising gainful employment to youths under the vulnerable population category, government officials said 70 per cent beneficiaries have found employment under the scheme. "Of the 120 centres across Delhi, the growing focus is on retail trade, apart from beauty care, hardware repair and data entry operations. Training in retail trade can easily get unemployed youths jobs in the ever-growing shopping malls," the official said.

The Delhi government has also set itself a target of imparting driving skills to 300 women through a partnership with Azad Foundation this year.

Officials said the initiative would not only help urban poor women move from the margins to the mainstream, but also help in making women passengers safer.

'Women on Wheels' is the signature initiative of Azad Foundation which gives training to women chauffeurs by imparting driving skills, making the women understand the mechanics of a car, training them in handling emergencies while driving, teaching best practices related to driving, rules and regulations related to driving and honing their map reading skills.

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