MoRD and NIRD&PR present Hunarbaaz Awards

National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), Hyderabad under the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) presented “Hunarbaaz Awards” to 75 diyangjan candidates.


  • Awards were presented to candidates from 15 states as a part of Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav on September 25, 2021.
  • September 25 also marked the occasion of Antyodaya Diwas which is observed on birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
  • Virtual award ceremony was organised by NIRDPR with MoRD, in collaboration with the State Rural Livelihood Missions (SRLMs) and Rural Self-employment Training Institutes.
  • CEOs of SRLMs and Directors of RSETIs presented the awards at respective states to the specially-abled achievers.

DDU-GKY and RSETI ka Hunarbaaz Awards

These awards have been instituted by the NIRD&PR, Hyderabad. These awards are presented to the candidates who were trained under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) and Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) schemes and got placed & worked in the organizations for more than one year.


Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Venkaiah Naidu launched DDU-GKY on September 25, 2014 on the occasion of 98th birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. It was launched with the vision of “Transforming poor youth from rural India into an economically independent and globally relevant workforce”. It is aimed at targeting youth, in the age group of 15–35 years. This scheme is a part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) and is tasked with the dual objectives of adding diversity to the incomes of poor families and cater to the career aspirations of youth from rural India. A corpus of Rs 1,500 crore was dedicated for this purpose. Under it, disbursements are made through a digital voucher directly into the bank account of students.




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