Scheme for poor covers 3.41 lakh rural women in Punjab: Centre

2.32 lakh of the women beneficiaries in Punjab are from Scheduled Castes

Scheme for poor covers 3.41 lakh rural women in Punjab: Centre

Union minister Giriraj Singh. File photo

Tribune News Service

Ravi S Singh

New Delhi, August 4

As many as 3,41,656 rural women in Punjab have been covered under the Centre's flagship Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) as of July 28, 2022.

The scheme seeks to organise poor rural women into Self Help Groups (SHGs). It is one of the Centre's biggest push to bring women, especially in villages and the hinterland, up to snuff in their economic and social standards and thereby, give a leg up to the campaign for their empowerment.

Responding to a query by AAP's Punjab Rajya Sabha member Ashok Kumar Mittal during "Question Hour" on Wednesday, Union Rural Development Minister Giriraj Singh informed the House that 2,32,665 of the women beneficiaries in Punjab are from Scheduled Castes.

Mittal particularly enquired about the programme's implementation in Punjab.

Singh said the Union government is implementing the scheme across the country in a mission mode and continuously supporting the women to access credit at affordable rates from banks and take up various livelihood activities for increasing their household income.

Singh said the programme is being implemented in all the states and Union Territories, except Delhi and Chandigarh.

Under DAY-NRLM, Revolving Fund (RF) and Community Investment Fund (CIF) are provided to SHG and their federations to create financial resources, from which loans are provided to their members for their needs including livelihood activities.

As of July 2022, the Mission was being implemented in 6,842 blocks in 722 districts across all 28 states and six UTs. Cumulatively, 8.41 crore women have been mobilised into more that 77.40 lakh SHGs.

Singh said the SHGs have been federated into 4.37 Kazakh village-level federation and more than 28,589 cluster-level federation.

A total of Rs 19,249 crore of capitalism support (Revolving Funds and Community Investment Funds) has been provided to the SHGs and their federation.

From the financial year 2013-14, and an amount of Rs 5.24 lakh crore, bank credit has been accessed by women SHGs under DAY-NRLM.

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