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The government’s big skilling drive: RPL aims to raise incomes for millions swiftly in a new world

Around 6 million informal-sector workers are already enrolled under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme. It promises to upskill large swathes of the population swiftly, sometimes in just two to three days. Some 100 companies, including L&T, Patanjali, and Berger Paints, have provided RPL certification to employees. The government claims the programme is making a difference.
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Workers building a new Covid-19 care centre at Dahisar Octroi Naka in Mumbai on May 27. Getty Images
Workers building a new Covid-19 care centre at Dahisar Octroi Naka in Mumbai on May 27.
It provides employment to millions, but is the root cause of poverty and the yawning income inequalities in India. The giant informal economy is also one of the primary causes for the massive reverse migration from urban centres to smaller towns and cities during the lockdown. Around seven decades after independence and almost 30 years after the 1991 economic
son has taken up a digital-marketing course. “I have many dreams,” she says. So do the 400 million workers across the country. Helping them find a way to certify their skills, learn new ones, and bolster their incomes is the need of the hour. RPL is a step in that direction. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
It provides employment to millions, but is the root cause of poverty and the yawning income inequalities in India. The giant informal economy is also one of the primary causes for the massive reverse migration from urban centres to smaller towns and cities during the lockdown. Around seven decades after independence and almost 30 years after the 1991 economic son has taken up a digital-marketing course. “I have many dreams,” she says. So do the 400 million workers across the country. Helping them find a way to certify their skills, learn new ones, and bolster their incomes is the need of the hour. RPL is a step in that direction. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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