RD Ministry releases Rs.5.72 lakh under SGSY to A&N Islands

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The Ministry of Rural Development has released grant-in-aid worth Rs.5,72,000/- (Rs. five lakh seventy two thousand only) as 1st instalment of central share of funds for the implementation of centrally sponsored Swarnjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana to South Andaman district of Andaman and Nicobar Island during the current financial year 2009-10. The amount of grant will be released to the South Andaman District Rural Development Agency.

The objective of the Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) is to bring the assisted poor families (Swarozgaries) above the Poverty Line by ensuring appreciable sustained level of income over a period of time. This objective is to be achieved by inter alia organising the rural poor into Self Help Groups(SHGs) through the process of social mobilization, their training and capacity building and provision of income generating assets. The SHG approach helps the poor to build their self-confidence through community action. Interactions in group meetings and collective decision making enables them in identification and prioritization of their needs and resources. This process would ultimately lead to the strengthening and socio-economic empowerment of the rural poor as well as improve their collective bargaining power.

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