New Delhi: The 2.5 New Vision Generation (2.5NVG), an inclusive business arm of Essilor – world leader in ophthalmic lenses, received recognition by the government’s premier think-tank NITI Aayog for its efforts to promote skill building in 14 Indian states through training unemployed youth in basic vision care.
The Eye Mitra Program of 2.5NVG has been included as one of the best practice casein NITI Aayog’s ‘Skilling for Employability: Best Practices’ booklet. The booklet is a comprehensive repository of skill building initiatives from around the country and is in line with the government’s Skill India Mission, which completes two years since its launch in 2015. NITI Aayog has shared the best practices booklet with the Prime Minister and Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs. It includes 46 best practices followed by state governments, the private sector and civil society in the space of re-skilling.
India currently has some 55 crore people who require primary vision care, which if left uncorrected can lead to permanent vision impairment and blindness. The prevalence of blindness is higher among populations having lower socio‐economic status. States like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu & Kashmir have a high blindness prevalence (2% and above).