New Delhi: The National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) for eradicating poverty in the rural parts of the country is reeling under acute negligence of the Centre and the state governments. As a result, a large portion of the budget allocated for the poverty eradication mission could not be spent. 

In the current fiscal year, the performance of the north Indian states has been very poor in the implementation of the government scheme.

Admitting that the allocated fund could not be utilised in the current financial year, the Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said, “Special importance will be given to implementation of poverty alleviation mission during the next fiscal.”

The National Rural Livelihood Mission (modification of Golden Jubilee Rural Self-Employment Scheme) was flagged off by UPA Chairman Sonia Gandhi in Banswara in Rajasthan amid much fanfare. Many tall promises were made like raising the standard of living of one lakh people to above poverty line (APL) within a year.

The mission includes forming a self help group to facilitate the eradication of poverty under which seven crore families are to be raised above the poverty line. This requires cooperation of the government, NGOs, agencies, educational institutions and other organizations in speeding up the efforts.

The Union Ministry of Rural Development is required to hold discussions with the organisations for the implementation of the scheme through the state governments.

There is a provision to provide free training and bank loans through the SHGs to the youths in the rural parts of the county who want to set up their own ventures.

It is to be noted, the Golden Jubilee Rural Self-Employment Scheme has been a great success in the southern states of the country.

(JPN/Bureau)