Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani, exhorted the directors of Jan Shikshan Sansthans to draw a skill map of the district in which they are located and then draw a specific plan which may be called My District – My Plan.
Present in the Orientation workshop organised by National Literacy Mission, Irani said, “My District-My Plan should also cover plan to meet literacy requirements of non literates falling in the age group of 40 to 60 years.”
She further added that JSS should formulate their District Plan by 1st October, 2015 with clear timelines for completion of various components of the Plan and then it should be uploaded along with the photograph of their Directors on the National Portal. The Portal will be launched as a Deepawali gift this year.
Touching the role of JSSs in the field of adult literacy and skill development, she stressed that as skill requirements vary from district to district there cannot be a uniform solution for all the districts. The Union Minister of HRD conveyed her appreciation for commendable contribution made by JSSs in mobilisation of people to avail the benefits of Jan Dhan Yojana and Suraksha Bima Yojana launched by the Prime Minister. She said that in case any bank was not cooperating with Director of JSSs in promotion of these schemes, such instances may be brought to her notice and she would personally speak to the concerned bank for its immediate solution.
While welcoming the Union Minister, Director General (NLMA) briefly explained that the workshop was being organised for the orientation of the Directors mainly on the new initiatives of the government in the various fields including skill development, social security, financial inclusion etc. and the manner in which Jan Shikshan Santhans are required to associate themselves with these initiatives. He also apprised the Union Minister about the efforts made by JSSs in mobilisation of their target group for the social security schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana & Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana.