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Naveen launches NRLM

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Orissa becomes the first State in the country to launch anti-poverty programme

— Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

On a mission: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik having a look at the activities of SHG women in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday launched National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), a poverty reduction programme based on employment generation by adoption of multi-pronged strategy.

Addressing the launching ceremony here, Mr. Patnaik said the NRLM in the first phase would be launched in 38 blocks under 10 districts of the State while all 314 blocks would be covered by 2017. Orissa became the first State in country to launch the anti-poverty programme.

The NRLM would have major focus on women who, through this project, would be able to participate in all development process besides the daily household chores, said Chief Minister.

The NRLM, restructured version of the Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarojagar Yojna, would help formation of 6, 75,966 self-help groups in addition to existing 38,7000 SHGs in the State. Over a period of seven years from 2010-11 and 2016-17, an estimated Rs. 10,926 crore would be spent in the State. Under NRLM, around 81 lakh rural households will be covered through SHG network.

Employment opportunities

Self employment opportunities will be created for all the rural poor households through provisions of different types of micro finance services and promotion of sustainable livelihoods. Besides direct job opportunities would be created for unemployed rural youth through placement linked skill development programme.

The State government would have a share of 25 per cent in the centrally funded scheme, which is guided by the World Bank. The project is aiming to include about 100 blocks every year in the NRLP implementation. Under NRLM, the State will engage Mission Shakti Sahayikas otherwise known as community resource persons to provide handholding support to SHGs and their federations.

“The approach of implementation will be through ‘institution of the poor' unlike the earlier approach of implementation by ‘institution for the poor'. This programme will be implemented by a dedicated support structure starting from bottom to top,” said Arabinda Padhee, director of NRLP.

Among others Panchayati Raj Minister Prafulla Samal and Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha member Prasanna Patsani spoke on the occasion.

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