The Government on Tuesday announced in the Assembly that all the 314 blocks in the State will be covered under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) during the next five years.
Replying to a question from Prafulla Majhi (Cong), Panchayatiraj Minister Kalpataru Das said a provision of Rs 763.85 crore has been made for the Mission for 2013-14. Out of the Rs 240.23 crore provision for 2012-13, the State Government has received Rs 90.36 crore from the Centre and contributed Rs 30.12 crore, he said.
The Minister said in 2012-13, 40 blocks from 10 districts were covered under the Mission. During 2013-14, the Mission will be extended to 108 more blocks.
Das said 1,417 new clusters on agriculture, animal resources, fisheries, handicrafts, forest and non-agriculture produce will be developed during the next financial year.
Besides, 52,800 youths will be given skill development training in different trades for better placement, he said.
The State Government has also decided to create community mobilisations and appoint community resource persons, master book keepers and professional resource persons in blocks covered under the NRLM, he said.
Self-help groups (SHGs) selected to take up the Mission schemes would be provided with revolving fund, the Minister said and added that community investment fund (CIF) will also be provided to them. Besides, the SHGs will also be linked with bank financing, he said.