Health Policy

New version of SGSY

Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will launch the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) at Banswara in Rajasthan on Saturday. Rural Development Minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh said that the NRLM the new version of the Swarnajayanti Grameen Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY) would be implemented in a Mission Mode. At present, there is a shift from allocation-based strategy to a demand-driven strategy, enabling the states to formulate their own livelihoods-based poverty reduction action plans. The NRLM will ensure at least one member from each identified rural poor household, preferably a woman, is brought under the Self Help Group network in a time-bound manner. The NRLM will ensure adequate coverage of vulnerable sections of the society, so that 50 per cent of the beneficiaries are from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, 15 per cent are minorities and three per cent are persons with disability, with the ultimate target of 100 per cent coverage of the BPL families. The NRLM’s other significant feature would be focus on targets, outcomes and time-bound delivery. Deshmukh said that the Mission Mode would ensure continuous capacity building, imparting requisite skills and creating linkages with livelihood opportunities for the poor, including those emerging in the organised sector and monitoring against targets of poverty alleviation outcomes. Out of the estimated seven crore BPL families, about 4.5 crore still needed to the organised into SHGs, The SGSY was launched in 1999 to provide self-employment opportunities to rural poor through the Self-Help Groups.

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