GUWAHATI, April 20 - Directing the Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission (ASRLM) to achieve its target of providing employment in the rural areas so that the youths do not have to leave the State, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that the government is committed to providing meaningful employment to the jobless in the State early. Chairing the governing body meeting of the ASRLM in the Chief Minister’s conference room at the Janata Bhawan here on Wednesday, Sonowal said the 88,000 self-help groups (SHGs) registered with the ASRLM must be activated fully and provided financial assistance as per the norms of the Mission so that youths in the rural areas can find employment.
Identifying establishing linkage with banks for providing finance to the SHGs and giving access to market for selling their produced goods as two key points for the ASRLM for bringing about actual development in interior places of the state, Sonowal said the employment requirement of the State’s youths must be assessed to provide skill training.
Underlining empowerment of women as a key objective of the government, Sonowal said that banks must come forward for encouraging woman entrepreneurs and all women’s SHGs by providing hassle-free finance through simplified procedures so that women can be encouraged to earn livelihood.
Talking about the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) which aims to add diversity to the incomes of rural poor families and cater to the career aspirations of rural youths, Chief Minister Sonowal said that industry majors like Patanjali and Dabur have already set up bases in the State and they would need lots of organic agricultural raw products for which rural youths can be encouraged to take up organic cultivation.
He also directed the ASRLM to convene review meetings every three months to check the progress of the various schemes.