Apply for Nai Manzil Yojana for Minorities
Pradhan Mantri Nai Manzil Yojana: According to census data, 20% of the population in India comprises minorities; out of this Muslims are 13.4% followed by 2.3% Christians and others. School drop out of minorities is very high and workforce participation is less because they lack education and skill needed for employability. Without employment, they get trapped in poverty. School dropouts among Muslims are the highest.
Many Muslims students study in Madrasas which impart them some education but they lack contemporary education. The government of India feels the urge for the integrated and comprehensive approach to providing them access to education and skill training so that they can better be employed and live life with dignity.
Nai Manzil Yojana is an integrated Education and Livelihood Initiative launched by Pradhan Mantri. It is aimed at minority youths who are school- dropouts or have been educated in community institutions such as Madrasas. It targets age group 17-35 and provides formal education and trade based skill to equip them for employability.
The Nai Manzil Yojana covers the entire nation. The project is funded by Central Government and Rs 3,738 has been allocated to it. Those who don’t want to go through academic training will be provided trade based training such as driving, carpentry, tailoring, nursing assistant etc. The scheme wants to help them with sustainable employment opportunities and engage them in mainstream economic activities.
Objectives of Nai Manzil Yojana
Main objectives of the project are:
- Youth from minority communities who are school dropouts will be provided formal education and certification (up to 8th or 10th class) through State open schooling or National Institute of Open Schooling.
- They will be provided market driven skill training.
- It will help them with job placement and at least 70% of the trained would be provided basic minimum wages that cover them with other social benefits such as Provident Funds, Employee State Insurance (ESI) etc.
- It also aims at increasing awareness and sensitization in health and life skills.
Implementation of the Nai Manzil Yojana
The Yojana is to be implemented in phase manner. The first phase is pilot projects which will help the government learn strategies for education and skill training needed for the minority communities in India and economic and social background of each family will be analyzed.
Geographically minority concentration areas would be targeted for implementation of the scheme. Programme Implementing Agencies (PIA) comprised of Trust, Society, Government, firm etc would be appointed to fulfill the purpose of the scheme.
At every level, it would encourage innovations to bring about equity in terms of educational outcomes and employability of the Minorities.
The Project will be administered and executed by a Project Management Unit (PMU) of the Ministry of Minority Affairs and is headed by a Joint Secretary from the Ministry.
Strategy for implementation of the Yojana
Youth from Minority who are below poverty line and in the age group of 17-35 are mobilized through various awareness raising programmes. Help from the women trained for leadership development of Minority women under the scheme known as ‘Nai Roshni’ and Self Help Groups will also be used for the mobilization programme.
The primary beneficiaries under this scheme will be the 1,228 Community Development Blocks having 25% or more of the total population from minority community. Additional catchment areas other than the identified above can be notified by the Steering Committee in consultation with the State Governments.
The mobilized youth will be provided with counseling and pre-selection screening of the candidates for imparting education and skill training will be done. On successful completion of training, they will be helped with placement in jobs. According to the mandate, minimum 70% of the trained are to be facilitated with within three months of completion of the training.
30% of the beneficiaries must be girl/women candidates and 5% disables belonging to the minority community. With a view to promoting inter-community solidarity, 15% candidates from non-minority communities belonging to BPL categories are also considered.
The scheme has been welcomed by all the religious leaders and academicians and it will go a long way in helping minority youth with better livelihood opportunities to those who don’t have formal training or education.
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