The Finance Minister claims that under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, over one crore youth have been trained to help them earn a livelihood.
Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presented the Interim Budget 2019 in the Parliament at 11am today. Before he begins the presentation, he wished Arun Jaitley speedy recovery and long healthy life.
Hailing the present government, he said that his government has prepared the foundation for sustainable progress and prosperity for the people and that the country is moving towards realizing the dream of NewIndia by 2022.
He continued, “The major achievement of this Government was that we strived our utmost to change the mind-set and ignited the self-confidence of the nation.”
Announcing the achievements of his government, he said that they have now ensured 10 per cent reservation in educational institutions and government services for the poor while maintaining the existing reservation for SC/ST/Other Backward Classes.
In these institutions, around 25 per cent extra seats (approximately 2 lakh) will be provided so that there is no shortfall of presently available/reserved seats for any class, he stated.
Empowering the youth of the country
India is amongst the most youthful nations in the world, hailed the Finance Minister and claimed that under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, over one crore youth have been trained to help them earn a livelihood.
He further highlighted the government’s efforts in empowering the youth of the country by citing self-employment schemes like MUDRA, Start-up India and Stand-up India. Under MUDRA Yojana, he said, 15.56 crore loans have been disbursed amounting to `7,23,000 crore.
India has become the world’s second largest startup hub and our youth have turned into job creators from job seekers, he announced.
National Centre on Artificial Intelligence
A National Programme on ‘Artificial Intelligence’ has been envisioned by the Government to reap the benefits of Artificial Intelligence and related technologies, according to Piyush Goyal.
This would be catalysed by the establishment of the National Centre on Artificial Intelligence as a hub along with Centres of Excellence, he said.
In addition, he said, a national Artificial Intelligence portal will be developed soon.