The Pradhan Mantri Dakshata Aur Kushalata Sampanna Hitgrahi (PM-DAKSH) Yojana


In the last three years of its implementation from 2020-21 to 2022-23, a total of 107156 beneficiaries have been trained and an amount of Rs. 213.83 crore has been spent under PM-DAKSH.


GS-02 (Government policies and interventions)


  • The Pradhan Mantri Dakshata Aur Kushalata Sampanna Hitgrahi (PM-DAKSH) Yojana is a Central Sector Scheme.
  • Launched in the year 2020-21, its main aim is to enhance the skill levels of specific target groups.
  • The targeted groups include Scheduled Castes (SCs), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Economically Backward Classes (EBCs), De-notified Tribes (DNTs), Safai Karamcharis (sanitation workers), including waste pickers to make them more employable.
  • The age criterion falls between 18 to 45 years.
  • Trainees under this yojana are also entitled to receive a monthly stipend and wage compensation.

Types of Training, Duration, and Costs:

Under the PM-DAKSH Yojana, there are various types of training programs, each with its duration and average cost per candidate:

  • Up-skilling/Reskilling (35 to 60 hours/5 days to 35 days): Ranges from Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 8,000 per candidate.
  • Short Term Training (300 hours/3 months): Is fixed at Rs. 22,000 per candidate.
  • Entrepreneurship Development Programme (90 hours/15 days): Rs. 7,000 per candidate.
  • Long Term Training (650 hours/7 months): Rs. 45,000 per candidate.