Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address BJP workers from all over India on the occasion of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya's birth anniversary today. In a tweet, Mr Modi said Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya's ideals inspire everyone to serve the poor and ensure a positive difference in their lives. 

In 2014, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s Birth Anniversary - 25th September was declared the Antyodaya Diwas. It was on this day that the Rural Development Ministry revamped it’s existing skill development program called Aajeevika Skills as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) which emphasizes greater access, coverage and quality. 

In doing so, the ministry used its knowledge gained over 15 years in implementing skill training programs. DDU-GKY is now a demand driven placement-linked skilling initiative which seeks to enable rural poor youth to benefit from national and international employment opportunities.

The spirit of Antyodaya Mission lies in ‘reaching out to the last person’. Rural Development Ministry is also working towards this motto through reaching all eligible rural youths of India. Over the period of time, DDU GKY has proven to be an effective rural development initiative for rural youths by providing both market linked skilling and sustainable wage employment opportunities.

Therefore working towards this motto and to commemorate Antyodaya Diwas 2020, Rural Development Ministry is celebrating this day for Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) with their skilled and enthusiastic beneficiaries and other stakeholders spread across the country. 

During this pandemic time, the Ministry is virtually celebrating this auspicious day with all States and Union Territories, Project Implementing Agencies, Employers and rural youths from all over the country.

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