New Delhi, 10 March 2022: Kickstarting week-long celebrations of Iconic Week as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by the Department of Rural Development (DoRD) marking International Women’s Day 2022, new batches of women-centric courses were started by RSETIs (Rural Self Employment Training Institutes) across the country on 7th March 2022. The event aptly titled – Avsar Ki Azaadi – launched focused batches for women candidates, thereby ensuring more participation from them. Women form 66 per cent of the total trained candidates under the RSETI programme. Till date, about 26.28 lakh women candidates have been trained since inception and about 18.7 lakh have been successfully settled.

The new batch of women trainees at RSETI Bolangir, Odisha

New batches were started in trades like Homemade Agarbatti Maker, Soft Toys Maker and Seller, Papad, Pickle and Masala Powder, Beauty Parlour Management & costume Jewelry Udyami etc. Under the RSETI scheme, 10 training courses out of the total 64 are exclusively for women candidates.

RSETI Giridih, Jharkhand

RSETI (Rural Self Employment Training Institutes) programme is a three-way partnership between the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), GoI, State Governments and Sponsor Banks. The Banks are mandated to open at least one RSETI in their lead district to provide training to rural youth to take up self-employment/ entrepreneurship ventures. RSETI program runs with an approach of short-term training & long-term handholding of entrepreneurs. Rural poor youth between the age group of 18-45 years are eligible to join the training. The RSETIs have become established as pioneers in capturing the aspirations of the rural poor youth and turning them into profitable entrepreneurs by training them in the domain and entrepreneurial skills.

RSETI Godda, Jharkhand

A total of 39.9 lakh candidates have been trained under RSETIs in 64 courses and 28.11 lakh candidates have been settled into self-employment till 31st January 2022. The programme is currently being implemented in 28 States and 7 UTs with 585 functioning RSETIs sponsored by 23 leading Banks.