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Special package for J&K and Ladakh under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana approved

“The Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission is very popular throughout the country. But for technical reasons in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, very few women were identified and were eligible,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said

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New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Special Package worth Rs. 520 crore for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission for a period of five years till FY 2023-24.

“The Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission is very popular throughout the country. But for technical reasons in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, very few women were identified and were eligible,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said during a press conference here.

“So, now the criteria has been changed for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, and two-thirds of the rural population has been covered. Rs 10.58 lakh women will get benefit from the special package of Rs 520 crores in the next five years,” he added.

Javadekar said that there are 66 lakh self-help groups and seven crore women are their members in India.

The Cabinet meeting, which was held under the leadership of Prime Minister also approved demerger of Nagarnar Steel Plant from National Minerals Development Corporation Ltd. and strategic disinvestment of the demerged company by selling the entire Government stake in it to a strategic buyer.

“This will benefit shareholders and minority shareholders. We are sure that all rules and law of SEBI will be implemented,” Javadekar said.

DeendayalAntyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (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 DAY-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 mobilization by inter alia organizing 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. With agency inputs

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