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Skill-based programme for Naxal-hit districts

Jul 30, 2012

A skill-based placement programme launched in militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir will be replicated in worst affected Naxal districts of the country. "We want to start similar programme in the Naxal-affected districts of the country. These are all the entry level programmes targeting unemployed youths usually 10th standard passed or failed," Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said.

Rural Development Ministry, which has launched Himayat Programme--a Rs 237 crore placement linked skill development initiative for training and placement of one lakh Jammu and Kashmir youth in the next 5 years, said that it would start similar programme in Maoist affected districts.

"We want to start similar programme in the Naxal-affected districts of the country. These are all the entry level programmes targeting unemployed youths usually 10th standard passed or failed," Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said.

The Ministry has already started the initiative in Chattisgarh's Sukma, one of the worst Naxal affected districts of the country, Ramesh said.

It will be expanded to 34 other districts worstly hit by Maoist activities in Orissa, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand, he said.

The Minister said that he has asked Chattisgarh government to organise a Yuva Sammelan in Sukma to mobilise and counsel the tribal youth.

He has also asked the state Government to set up a training centre in Sukma with a facility to provide training to tribal youth in sewing machine operations, electrical works and data entry operations. The institute will be inaugurated in 15th August, Ramesh said.

The Minister said he has also informed the Chattisgarh Government that a Rural Self-employment training Institute (R-SETI) can also be sanctioned for Sukma to identify, orient, motivate, train and assist young people to take up self-employment through promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises.

Banks extend credit to north, east SHGs: Ramesh

Banks "beyond Vindhyas" and Eastern states are a laggard lot in extending credit to Women Self Help Groups (SHGs), while those in the South come out with flying colours, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said in New Delhi.

He was making a strong pitch for banks in north and east Indian states to be proactive in addressing linkage problem and releasing funds for such self help groups which help rural poor as also promote social development.

"Today, SHG movement is very much a part of the banking network. Last year, banks lent Rs 17000 crore loans to all the SHGs across the country though 80 per cent of the 17000 goes to the inevitable gang of four--Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala," Ramesh said at a conference attended by top officials of the major nationalised banks on Saturday.

"Now, the picture has to change. Because we are expanding the SHGs in Orissa, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and we are finding that the biggest constraint in the SHGs movement today is linkage with banks.”

"It is easier to start the SHGs. It is more difficult to establish the linkage with the banks and get the banks to actually lend money to the SHGs," the Minister said at the National Conference on Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI).

Emphasising that the banks are crucial for SHGs, he said the Government wanted bankers to "look beyond Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala" to make the SHG movement a success in states, including Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh where it has already taken off.

One of the most important reasons why the SHG movement took off in the South Indian states was the presence of local banks such as State Bank of Hyderabad, Andhra Bank, Syndicate Bank, Canara Bank and Vijaya Bank, Ramesh said.

SOURCE: Doordarshan

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