The first instalment of funds released by Government of India under NRLM and NRETP (2020-21) to State Rural Livelihoods Missions (SRLMs). Deendayal Antyodaya Yojna – National Rural livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) and National Rural Economic Transformation Project (NRETP).
Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana National Rural livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM), is playing an important role in the rural areas by providing livelihood opportunities to women SHGs Members. In the current scenario of socio-economic distress caused by COVID-19, many of the SHGs have done phenomenal work in making face covers/ masks, sanitizers, running community kitchen, distributing dry rations and essential goods etc.
In order to provide liquidity and sustainable credit to encourage thrift and economic activities in the SHGs Groups, Government of India has released its first instalment to most of the States, in the first week of April 2020, as given in the Annexure.
STATE-WISE RELEASE OF FUNDS UNDER NRLM AND NRETP FOR THE YEAR 2020-2021
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These funds would be important in providing quick assistance to the SHGs in the following activities.
Release of funds to Community Institutions:
- Revolving Fund and Community Investment Funds should be released to all eligible SHGsA/Os and CLFs.
- SRLM to identify the needy VOs, disburse Vulnerability Reduction Fund to VOs and issue an advisory for allowing loans from VRF for COVID-19 related medical emergencies, food security and health security etc.
BC Sakhis (Banking Correspondent Agents):
- BC Sakhis have played an important role in providing doorstep banking services. They may be facilitated/supported in carrying out their activities by adhering to all health-related precautions, especially during this period.
Awareness Generation through SHGs:
- Self-Help Groups network may be used to deliver the right messages in the community to encourage adoption of personal health and hygiene practices as per advisories of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) with regard to the containment of COVID-19.
Production of face covers/ masks, sanitisers, soaps etc. at a large scale
Running of Community kitchens, distribution of dry rations, the supply of vegetables etc.
It has been brought to the notice of this Ministry that in many States last year’s second instalment and States matching share have not been released to SRLMS, till date which is a cause for concern.
In addition, funds have been released in the first week of the current financial year by this Ministry as the first instalment of current year to States/UTs. Except for Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, these funds have not been released to the SRLMs by the States. For want of release of funds to SRLMs these would not reach the SHGs Members and hence the entire purpose of the expeditious release of the fund would be defeated.