Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government today
decided to launch the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM)
to reduce poverty by promoting diversified and gainful self
employment to the rural poor, official sources said.
"We are likely to implement NRLM by October 2,"
Panchayati Raj minister Prafulla Samal said after a review
meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on TRIPTI.
Though the aims and objectives of NRLM and the World
Bank funded Targeted Rural Initiatives for Poverty Termination
and Infrastructure (TRIPTI) were the same, the TRIPTI scheme
covered only 38 blocks in 10 districts, while the NRLM would
cover the entire state which has 30 districts and 314 blocks.
TRIPTI had organised 15,904 households into 1323 newly
formed self help groups (SHGs) till June, the minister told
reporters adding that NRLM would be launched by replacing the
existing SGSY (Swaraj Jayanti Grama Swarojgar Yojana) as
decided by the Union Ministry of Rural Development.
Stating that both NRLM and TRIPTI would go hand in
hand in providing livelihood support to the rural people, he
said both the organisations would have a mission director.
Hopeful of getting about Rs 1,000 crore per annum
under NRLM under the 75:25 ratio, the state government had
meanwhile directed different departments to gear up for
implementation of NRLM.
Each block was likely to get Rs 38 crore per annum
under the NRLM scheme to train SHGs, provide assistance for
their livelihood and other poverty reduction measures.