A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Rural Development and NGO 'Pradan' to undertake developmental and training activities in "hardcore Naxal-affected districts".

"The scheme will be implemented in some of the districts of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha in the first phase," Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh told reporters.

Giving details, he said that there would be three projects. The first would help in the production and marketing of Tasar silk in Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Chattisgarh and West Bengal.

The project, which will have a time span of three years, will help 18,000 families. It has a budget of Rs 50 crore. The second project will promote sustainable agriculture through women-headed households.

It will be implemented in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Odisha with a budget of Rs 20 crore.  The third part of the programme will help in training girls for alternative sources of livelihood.

The programme would be undertaken as part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission, which is aimed at helping to generate employment in rural areas.


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