Tamil Nadu Initiates ‘Earlypreneurship’ Women’s Job Scheme at Rs.1,185 Crore

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An ‘Earlypreneurship’ program will be integrated into the school curriculum to instil a passion for entrepreneurship in children, according to the Minister for Sports Development and Youth Welfare, Udhayanidhi Stalin. On Thursday, Stalin, who also oversees special program implementation, announced a new scheme to promote women’s employment: the Tamil Nadu Women Employment and Protection Scheme. This scheme, featuring several sub-components, will be implemented at a cost of Rs 1,185 crore over five years, from 2024 to 2029, with an allocation of Rs 168 crore for 2024-25.

During the discussion on budgetary demands for his departments, Udhayanidhi revealed multiple new initiatives, including programs to foster female entrepreneurship, enhance job skills for graduate youth, and conduct psychometric tests to identify children’s talents at the school level.

Emphasizing the critical role of women in achieving Tamil Nadu’s goal of becoming a trillion-dollar economy by 2030, the minister announced the scheme’s first phase will launch in eight districts, aiming to identify and develop women’s talents at the district level.

A Talent Assessment Platform will be established to help girls in classes 8 to 12 identify suitable career paths through psychometric tests. Additionally, an ‘Earlypreneurship’ program will be included in the school curriculum to cultivate entrepreneurial spirit among children, he added.

The minister also mentioned the creation of an information bank for women, providing details on skill development, entrepreneurship, psychological counseling, employment opportunities, and workplace safety.

Furthermore, Model Creche Cum After School Care centers will be established in areas where women are employed. Udhayanidhi also introduced a new initiative called Sigaram Thodu (Reach the Peak) to identify 1,000 college students from rural and underprivileged areas and provide them with skill development training.

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