STEP UPThe Government has given employment oriented skills training to over 38.32 lakh urban poor so far with assistance from the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation. Minister of State for Urban Development and HUPAi Babul Supriyo informed in Rajya Sabha today.
Skill development of urban poor to enable either self-employment or salaried employment was undertaken under the ‘Skill Training for Employment Promotion Amongst Urban Poor (STEP-UP)’ of erstwhile Swarn Jayanti Shahari Rojgar Yojana launched in 1997 and the ‘Employment through Skill Training & Placement’ component of the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) introduced in 2013. Under STEP-UP, 35.26 lakh urban poor were assisted to upgrade their skills while another 3.06 lakh were helped under NULM.

STEP-UP aims at poverty alleviation in urban areas by facilitating skill development through market-oriented programmes that can make the poor and unskilled employable as wage workers or successful micro-entrepreneurs and promotes economic growth and contribution of the urban economy to National GDP by ensuring a supply of appropriate skilled manpower at the lower end, thus enabling inclusive growth.

Madhya Pradesh led the list of performers having assisted 5.06 lakh urban poor followed by Maharashtra (4.86 lakh), Uttar Pradesh (4.51 lakh), Karnataka (4.08 lakh), Tamil Nadu (3.33 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (3.25 lakh), Gujarat (2.22), Bihar(2.11 lakh), West Bengal (1.98 lakh) and Rajasthan (1.07 lakh). Ministry of HUPA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Skill Development Corporation for facilitating training of 2 lakh urban poor through States/UTs.