CURRENT AFFAIRS 31st Dec 2017

1 .  3.15 lakh  youth  enrolled  in  Nehru  Yuva  Kendra  Sangathan (NYKS)
  •  NYKS, with about 3.15 lakh youth enrolled through 1.42 lakh youth clubs, has been working all over the Country to develop the personality of the youth and to engage them in nation-building activities.
  • Nehru Yuva Kendras were established in the year 1972 with the objective of providing rural youth avenues to take part in the process of nation building as well providing opportunities for the development of their personality and skills.

About NYKS

  • In the year 1987-88, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan(NYKS) was set up as an autonomous organization under the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, to oversee working of Nehru Yuva Kendras.
  • NYKS is the largest grassroots level youth organization; one of its kind in the world.
  • It channelizes the power of youth on the principles of voluntarism, self-help and community participation.

Youth Clubs

  • Over the years, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan has established a network of youth clubs in villages, where Nehru Yuva Kendras have been set up.
  • NYKS has targeted to identify areas of harnessing youth power for development by forming Youth Clubs, which are village level voluntary action groups of youth at the grassroots level to involve them in nation building activities.
  • The implementation of programmes and activities of youth clubs is based on local needs and requirements by mobilizing resources from various government departments and other agencies, which include both national, State level and multilateral institutions.

Objectives of NYKS

1 . To involve the rural youth in nation building activities.

2 . To develop such skills and values in them with which they become responsible and productive citizens of a modern, secular and technological nation.

Vision of NYKS

Vision of the organization focuses on developing long term strategies for good citizenship and youth leadership at the grass root level. Youth Clubs are formed and encouraged to participate in sports, cultural and local development activities. Youth leadership is developed in the course of formation and sustenance of youth clubs.

Conclusion

Considering the fact that almost three-fourth of the Indian population is rural, the development of the nation as a whole depends on their progress and development. Besides, the demographic dividend that the country has enjoyed because of the larger segment of youth population, makes it almost mandatory for the largest youth organization like NYKS to take up more and more of such programmes as will promise empowerment of youth.

 

2 . Homegrown Artillery Gun Dhanush’s induction into Army delayed
  • After accidents during the final phase of user exploitation trials, the induction of the Dhanush artillery gun into the Army has been delayed.
  • Army was satisfied with the Dhanush gun, but before accepting it, wanted to do a wider exploitation of six guns prior to the grant of the bulk production clearance.

About Dhanush Artillery Gun

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  • The Dhanush is an upgraded version of the Swedish Bofors howitzers, which India procured in the mid-1980s, based on its original designs.
  • Dhanush is a 155-mm, 45-calibre gun with a maximum range of 40 km in salvo mode compared to the 39-calibre, 27-km range of the original guns.
  • The upgrade is being done by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) based on the requirements of the Army.

 

3 . Over  566  Training  Centers  constituted  under  Deendayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY)
  • DDU-GKY has over 566 Training Centers in 674 Projects, in partnership with over 310 Project Implementing Agencies conducting training across 39 sectors, and over 329 job roles.
  • Against a target of skilling 2 lakh candidates during the current financial year, over 83,745 candidates have already been trained, of which over 46,654 candidates have been placed in jobs.

About  Deendayal  Upadhyaya  Grameen  Kaushalya  Yojana (DDU-GKY)

It is a Government of India youth employment scheme launched on 25 September 2014. It is a part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), tasked with the dual objectives of adding diversity to the incomes of rural poor families and cater to the career aspirations of rural youth.

Background

According to Census 2011, India has 55 million potential workers between the ages of 15 and 35 years in rural areas. At the same time, the world is expected to face a shortage of 57 million workers by 2020. This presents a historic opportunity for India to transform its demographic surplus into a demographic dividend. The Ministry of Rural Development implements DDU-GKY to drive this national agenda for inclusive growth, by developing skills and productive capacity of the rural youth from poor families

Features

1 . Enable Poor and Marginalized to Access Benefits -Demand led skill training at no cost to the rural poor
2 . Inclusive Program Design –Mandatory coverage of socially disadvantaged groups (SC/ST 50%; Minority 15%; Women 33%)
3 . Shifting Emphasis from Training to Career Progression –Pioneers in providing incentives for job retention, career progression and foreign placements
4 . Greater Support for Placed Candidates-Post-placement support, migration support and alumni network
5 . Proactive Approach to Build Placement Partnerships-Guaranteed Placement for at least 75% trained candidates
6 . Enhancing the Capacity of Implementation Partners-Nurturing new training service providers and developing their skills
7 . Regional Focus- (a) Greater emphasis on projects for poor rural youth in Jammu and Kashmir (HIMAYAT)
(b) The North-East region and 27 Left-Wing Extremist (LWE) districts (ROSHINI)
8 . Standards-led Delivery-All program activities are subject to Standard Operating Procedures that are not open to interpretation by local inspectors. All inspections are supported by geo-tagged, time stamped videos/photographs.

Beneficiary

1 . Rural Youth:15 – 35 Yrs
2 . SC/ST/Women/PVTG/PWD: upto 45 Yrs