Employment Generation and Skill Training
(III)Employment Generation and Skill Training
(a) Support to SHG's
To ascertain the status of SHGs and PLFs, a structured survey has been undertaken. The identified weak SHGs are provided with capacity building training. The PLFs have also been restructured and the office bearers given training.
(b)Formation of Fish Marketing Societies
In partnership with South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies (SIFFS) the project has proposed to set up 50 Fish Marketing Societies (FMS), limiting membership to owners of small crafts, Kattumarams and Vallams. SIFFS is also given grants to finance loan redemption of the members of the FMS. The Programme Management Unit (PMU) examines proposals submitted by SIFFS on Out Board Motor (OBM) repair centres, Boat Yards and Federations of the FMS
For the unemployed youth in the project area, vocational trainings in suitable trades, with duration ranging from 3 months to one year are provided with assured employment. The institutions offering such trainings are selected following the prescribed procurement procedure.
Micro Enterprise Development
Activity groups, PLFs, members of FMS and poor individuals are encouraged to establish micro enterprises that are viable. Technical specialists / reputed organizations / institutes are engaged in conducting district wise sub-sector studies and analyses. The Programme Management Unit in partnership with Non Government Organizations (NGOs) / organizations that have experience in development of micro enterprises, works to develop clusters of enterprises in the identified sub-sectors. So far, 56 micro enterprises have been floated in the project area.