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Reverse migration puts Centre’s ARYA scheme in the limelight

News:The massive reverse migration of people from urban areas to villages ever since lockdown was imposed due to COVID-19 has put focus on the Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture(ARYA) scheme.

Facts:

  • The ARYA Scheme was initiated by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR).
  • Objectives:
    • To attract and empower the Youth in Rural Areas to take up various Agriculture, allied and service sector enterprises for sustainable income and gainful employment in selected districts.
    • To enable the Farm Youth to establish network groups to take up resource and capital intensive activities like processing, value addition and marketing.
    • To demonstrate functional linkage with different institutions and stakeholders for convergence of opportunities available under various schemes/programs for sustainable development of youth.
  • Implementation: It is implemented by Krishi Vigyan Kendras which in turn involves several scientific institutions as technology partners.
  • The scheme is presently being implemented in 100 districts in the country on an experimental basis.
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