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Rs 280 crore push to skill development programme under the livelihood mission in UP | Lucknow News

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LUCKNOW: The Centre and the state have come together to make a fresh budgetary push...

LUCKNOW: The Centre and the state have come together to make a fresh budgetary push of over Rs 280 crore to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay skill development programme under the state rural livelihood mission (SRLM). The mission has attained the status of being the key driving force in provisioning jobs for migrants who returned to the state following the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
In a communique sent to rural development commissioner K Ravindra Naik, the rural development department has said that the state government has decided to release a grant of Rs 81 crore against Rs 122 crore released by the Centre. In fact, the Centre’s contribution amounts to 60% of the total funds allocated to the programme.
Likewise, the Centre and the state government have released a sum of Rs 51 crore and Rs 34 crore, respectively to train people of the SC/ST category.
SRLM has contributed majorly in providing jobs to migrants, especially women, through formation of self-help groups (SHGs). Officials said that the fresh budgetary allocation would help the state government in meeting the demands of the SHGs and executing various schemes under the mission.
The total budgetary sum has been kept at the disposal of the rural development commissioner and the mission director of SRLM, who happen to be the key nodal officers in implementing rural employment and other development schemes in the rural precincts. The order stated that the released amount would not be used in one go but in phases as per the need. It further said that the funds may be spent as per the UP budget manual and financial handbook. Also, they may be used only after being authorised by a designated authority.
The works done and the targets achieved with the help of these funds would be attested by rural development commissioner and the mission director of SRLM. The two officers would also be accountable for obtaining fund utilisation certificates. They would also be responsible for adjusting the interest incurred on the funds, if they are kept in any bank account.
The department has also been asked to purchase material and equipment as per the rules laid down by the state government from time to time. At the same time, the department would be required to ensure that the works backed by the said budgetary allocation are not done from any other source. This, the order said, should be done to avoid duplicity.

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