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Pic Courtesy: aajeevika.gov.in

Aajeevika Skills Development Programme (ASDP)

Aajeevika Skills is the skill and placement initiative by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India (MoRD). It evolved out of the need to diversify incomes of the rural poor and to cater to the occupational aspirations of their youth. The programme’s focus is on skilling and placement in the formal sector for rural youth who are poor. It is one a cluster of initiatives of MoRD that seeks to promote rural livelihoods. It is a part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) – the Mission for poverty reduction called Aajeevika.

Key Features

•  Provides customized residential and non residential training
•  Minimum 624 hours of training with modules on trade specific skills, IT and soft skills.
•  Special programs for Jammu and Kashmir, Minorities and Most critical Left wing Extremist Districts
•  Implemented under the supervision of the central and state governments
•  75% assured placement above minimum wages
•  Post placement support
• Food and transport support during training


  • Poor rural youth in the age group 18-35.
  • Persons with disabilities and persons who belong to Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PTGs) the upper limit is 45 years.
  • The poor, identified by a process called Participatory Identification of Poor (PIP) which is an important component of the NRLM strategy.
  • Till the time poor are identified through the PIP, the existing list of Below Poverty Line (BPL) households will be used for identifying the target groups for Aajeevika Skills
  • Special groups comprising of Persons with Disabilities (PwD), victims of trafficking, manual scavengers, transgender, rehabilitated bonded labour may be allowed to enrol if they are above 16.

Special schemes under ASDP:

  • Roshni a special scheme for most critical left-wing extremist affected areas
  • Himayat a special scheme for Jammu and Kashmir
  • Parvaz a special scheme for rural BPL minority youth

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