The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved an extension of the timeline for implementation of the Special Package under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) for Jammu & Kashmir for another year during 2018-19.
The Cabinet also approved the allocation of funds to the State under DAY-NRLM on a need basis for the implementation of the Special Package without linking it with poverty ratio. There is no additional financial implication as the approval is to extend the timeline to cover two-thirds of the vulnerable households in the State within the originally approved financial outlay of Rs 755.32 crore. An amount of Rs143.604 crore will be required for the period of one year during 2018-19.
“This will help in covering all the vulnerable rural households in the State (estimated at two-thirds of the total number of households) within a definite time frame,” an official statement said.
The statement added that it will ensure mobilization of households under the auto-inclusion category and households with at least one deprivation category listed in the Socio-Economic Caste Census – 2011.
“It will also ensure coverage of all the blocks in Jammu & Kashmir under DAY-NRLM and ensures social inclusion, social development, promotion of livelihoods leading to poverty alleviation in the State,” said an official statement.
Pertinently, due to unavoidable reasons, the Special Package as approved in May 2013 could not be fully implemented by the state. Now, the State Government has requested Government of India to consider the extension of the earlier approved implementation schedule of the Special Package and continued funding of DAY-NRLM in Jammu and Kashmir on a demand-driven basis without linking allocation with poverty ratio during this extended period.