The government will expand its flagship rural income generation programme to cover 10 million more households across states, officials said on Friday.
The National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) — a scheme to generate new income avenues and provide financial stability to rural households — will be expanded to another 750 blocks, 102 selected districts and 500,000 gram panchayats, said a note circulated among rural development ministry officials.
“The NRLM was rolled out all over India. In some districts the intensive focus was not given earlier. It will be done now,” said rural development secretary Amarjeet Sinha.
The government believes that the NRLM could provide an alternative source of income for rural families. The scheme offers support for poultry, seed shops, funds for self-help groups, fisheries and a vast range of jobs and occupations.
The government also wants to promote organic cultivation in 1,000 village clusters across the country.
Read more of this in a report by Saubhadra Chatterji published in Hindustan Times...