Anantapur: District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) is in the process of establishing 14 Skill Development and Training Centres in all the 14 Assembly constituencies in the district. So far, 1,600 women have been trained in tailoring under an SC Action Plan by spending Rs 10 crore by providing interest free loans for their livelihood activities.
- DRDA placed 715 youth in MNC jobs
- About 1.6 lakh rural women trained in digital literacy
Also, group activities are being financed for setting up domestic and mini-dairies, and raising Ram Lambs. The training centres are in Singanamala, Gooty, Brahmasamudram, Kambadur, Gummaguttam, Madakasira, Nallamada, Gudibanda, Somandepalle and other mandals in the district.
About 6,000 women have been identified by DRDA for skill development in Kadiri town. Many women in poverty were being driven to prostitution and sold to brothels in Mumbai, Pune and other places. Also, the SHG women are being involved in running brick making units at the Nirmitha Kendras of the Housing Corporation.
The women were provided a smart phone and a lap top and they in turn were instrumental in training 1.6 lakh rural women in the district. DRDA Project Director Rama Rao said that 6,000 farmers were formed into Farmers Producers Organisations (FPOs) for carrying on organised business through effective marketing of their farm produce. DRDA has also been given the task to make the district Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 2019 and it is racing against time to achieve the objective.