The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has approved a special package worth Rs. 520 crore in the union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh for a period of five years till FY 2023-24 and ensure funding of DeendayalAntyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) in the both UTs on a demand driven basis without linking allocation with poverty ratio during this extended period.
This is expected to ensure sufficient funds under the Mission, as per need to the UTs and is also in line with Government of India’s aim to universalise all centrally sponsored beneficiary-oriented schemes in both of the the in a time bound manner.
This is based on the outcomes of the evaluation pointing to potential of the Mission to improve the quality of life of rural households and women empowerment and given the changed circumstances in these UTs.
DAY-NRLM is a centrally sponsored programme that aims at eliminating rural poverty through promotion of multiple livelihoods for the rural poor households across the country.
The launch of NRLM in June 2011 to address rural poverty marks a paradigm shift in poverty alleviation programmes. DAY-NRLM seeks to reach out to all rural poor households, estimated at about 10 crore households, and impact their livelihoods through universal social mobilisation by inter-alia organising one-woman member from each rural poor household into self-help-groups (SHGs), their training and capacity building, facilitating their micro-livelihoods plans, and enabling them to implement their livelihoods plans through accessing financial resources from their own institutions and the banks.
The Mission involves working with the community institutions through community professionals in the spirit of self-help. The other distinguishing features of the programme is that it is implemented in a Mission mode by special purpose vehicles (autonomous state societies) with dedicated implementation support units at the national, state, district and block levels, using professional human resources in order to provide continuous and long-term handholding support to each rural poor family.