New Delhi: The National Rural Livelihood
Mission (NRLM), an ambitious scheme of the UPA government to
eradicate poverty in rural areas, will be launched in October,
Rural Development Minister C P Joshi said on Wednesday.
"We are going to launch NRLM in October. Date and
location for the launching of the scheme, however, has not yet
be finalised," he told reporters here.
The NRLM has been designed by restructuring the existing
10-year-old village self-employment scheme Swarnajayanti Gram
Swarojgar Yojna of the Rural Development Ministry on the
recommendations of various committees to rectify shortcomings.
The programme aims at reducing poverty through promotion
of diversified and gainful self-employment and skilled wage
It broadly adopts as its objectives universal social
mobilisation, universal financial inclusion, training and
capability building for self employment, enhanced package of
economic assistance for setting up of micro enterprises,
convergence and larger role for SHGs and their federations,
and skill development and placement for wage employment.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had
approved the scheme in June this year and the funds
requirement for it was pegged at Rs 16,400 crore for the last
two years of the 11th Plan including Rs 2,984 crore already
allocated for the current financial year.
Joshi said the scheme will address the needs of about
6.5 crore poor rural households.
The Minister said that Under the scheme, loan will be
provided to the beneficiaries of the scheme through self-help
groups to support their self-employment projects.
The Ministry`s assessment and various studies show that a
poor family, even the poorest one, can come out of poverty in
6-8 years, provided they have a good handholding support
system and are able to access at least Rs 1 lakh in several
doses, he said.
The programme will ensure that at least one person from
each family, preferably women, is a member of a self-help
groups. "These groups will nurtured systematically," a
ministry official said.
The NRLM will also focus on rural youth and will enable
them to enhance their skills so that they are placed in jobs
in semi-urban and urban growth centres. he said.
The mission will have a holistic approach to improve
livelihood system of the poor by covering education, health,
insurance and other aspects through convergence with
programmes of other ministries and departments in place, he