DAY-NULM proving a boon to urban poor households

Oct 25, 2020 20:26 | Feature & Viewpoint

Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana­-National Urban Livelihood Mission (DAY-NULM) is proving beneficial for upliftment of the socio-economic urban poor households by empowering them to ingress self-employment and skilled remuneration employment opportunities in the state. The scheme endeavours to improve  the socio-economic and institutional capacity of the urban poor households.

Himachal Pradesh  bagged the first prize in the 'Himalayan and North Eastern Region' category in  implementation of  DAY-NULM in the financial year 2018-19. The state received an amount of Rs. 5 crores as additional grant-in-aid along with citation as a prize.

Under the (DAY-NULM), 3053 Self Help Groups (SHGs) have been constituted for urban poor households in the state out of which 2292 SHGs have been provided with Revolving Fund (RF). As many as 105 Area Level Federations have been formed and RF to 85 ALFs has  been provided.

Individual loans amounting to Rs. 21.17 crore has been provided to 2047 beneficiaries and 524 SHGs have been provided a loan worth of Rs.8.46 crore under this scheme. Skill training to 4400 candidates and placement to 1048 candidates have been provided.

This scheme has also proved a boon to urban street vendors. A survey of around 5790 street vendors have been conducted in all 54 urban bodies of the state, around 5000 vendors have been given training on various trades and identity cards have been issued to 3515 street vendors.

Effective work is being done under this scheme for providing shelter to urban poor families. As many as 39 shelter for the homeless has been constructed/ refurbished. About 20 No. Regular Town Vending  Committees have been formed for effective implementation of the scheme.

Himachal Pradesh has been achieving its targets to make the scheme successful during COVID-19. The efforts of the Government are on bring more people under its ambit. In the financial year 2020-21,  Rs. 1.54 crore has been spent under this scheme.

Under the skilled training and placement component, the mission would also address the livelihood concern of the urban street vendors by simplifying access to social security and skills. Unskilled urban poor are provided training to upgrade their existing skills in registered institutions.

State Government aims at providing shelter equipped with essential facilities to the urban homeless in a phased manner. Under this scheme , poor people are being provided easy loans by the bank and are also provided subsidy on the loan given to SHG's.