The NRLM- MORD, Government of India introduced annual awards this year, known as National Awards for Best Performing Self- Help Groups (SHGs) and Village Organizations (VOs). Accordingly, nominations were sought by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India in March 2016 across India among 29.5 lakh Self Help Groups and 1.57 lakh Village Organizations formed under National Rural Livelihoods Mission across all the states of the country.
From Jammu and Kashmir SRLM, Village Organization Himayat and Self Help Group Shalimar were selected for the award. Both the SHG and VO are from Block Khansahib, District Budgam. The selection was done on the basis of efficiency and effectiveness of SHGs, VOs and higher federations.
National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) aims to build the institutions of the poor women in order to empower them and take their households out of poverty by showing them the path to capital and livelihood.
It aims at federating the institutions of the poor at the village, cluster, block, district and state levels so as to strengthen their voice and their outreach. It aims at financial inclusion of the poor so as to provide them access to institutional credit for investing in the livelihoods and increasing their income levels.
National Rural Livelihoods Mission is being run in the State of J&K as Jammu & Kashmir State Rural Livelihoods Mission (Umeed). J&K SRLMmandate is to reach out to 66% of rural population across the erstwhile 143 blocks, link them to sustainable livelihoods opportunities and nurture them till they come out of poverty and enjoy a decent quality of life.
NRLM in J&K was started in the year 2012-13 in 4 blocks and since then has been upscaled to 22 blocks till 2015-16. During the current fiscal 26 blocks during the current financial year, thereby reaching out to 46 blocks of J&K. It is a 5 year project aiming at accessing 9 lakh rural households by constituting 90000 SHGs with financial support of Rs.755 crores.
This programme has been specially approved by the Union Cabinet and the funding pattern is 90:10. So far the programme is in its 4th year of its implementation.
JKSLRM in a span of less than three years has nearly saturated 14 blocks and also has initiated seven additional blocks with their own internal Community Resources Persons. The project has also demonstrated huge success in converting local deficiencies into opportunities by building a cadre of community professionals who take care of several key implementation functions of the project.
Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in the country which has received third instalment of funds, highest ever since the launch of the project. During the current financial year, the program has been upscaled to another six districts, thereby having presence in all the 22 districts of the state.