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Orissa first off the block with National Rural Livelihoods Mission

Orissa became the first state to launch the NRLM, aimed at reducing rural poverty by providing self-employment and skilled jobs to people below the poverty line

Orissa became the first state in the country to launch the National Rural Livelihoods Mission on April 18, 2011. This comes even as the state faces a CBI inquiry ordered by the Ministry of Rural Development to probe alleged corruption and irregularities in the implementation of another major social sector scheme -- the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

The NRLM was conceptualised by the central government in 2010 with the idea of doing away with the existing Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), a village self-employment scheme that has several shortcomings.

The NRLM’s objective is to reduce rural poverty, especially among below-the-poverty-line families, by promoting diverse income-generating activities on a sustainable basis, including self-employment, and providing skilled jobs.

The programme will be funded by the Centre and state governments in a ratio of 75:25. The World Bank has lent $1 billion for the scheme. The funds requirement for the NRLM have been pegged at Rs 16,400 crore for the last two years of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan, including Rs 2,984 crore already allocated for 2010-11.

Source: The Indian Express, April 19, 2011
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