Union Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development (MRD), Nita Kejriwal, Thursday convened a meeting to review the implementation of Umeed scheme in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pertinently, the scheme is being implemented in the stateunder Jammu Kashmir State Rural Livelihoods Mission (JKSRLM).
The Joint Secretary was accompanied by a team of experts toreview and explore possibilities for better implementation of Umeed scheme, sothat its benefits percolate to the underprivileged sections of the society.
The meeting was attended by Mission Director JKSRLM, AbdulRashid War, Additional Mission Directors of Kashmir and Jammu, JKSRLM SPMs, andBPMs.
Speaking on the occasion, the Joint Secretary appreciatedthe work of the JKSRLM for formation of SHGs, village organizations,capitalization and cluster level federations (CLFs). She also lauded JKSRLM forconducting evaluation study of Umeed scheme in February 2018.
Earlier, Mission Director JKSRLM made a power pointpresentation and apprised the meeting about the implementation of the scheme inthe state.
He informed that 40082 Self-Help Groups (SHGs), 3642 villageorganizations and 250 cluster-level federations have been formed in Jammu andKashmir, and capitalization of Rs 149.68 crores has been distributed amongthese SHGs under JKSRLM during 2018-19.
It was given out that under convergence, JKSRLM establishedautomatic milk collection centres in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir MilkProducers Cooperative Limited. Women are actively operating and maintainingthese units and earn Rs 35 per litre for cow milk and Rs 40 per litre forbuffalo milk.
The Director also informed that JKSRLM, in collaborationwith Indian Institute of Integrated Medicine (IIIM), started aromatic andmedicinal plant cultivation on fallow land under aroma mission in variousdistricts spread across 246 kanals and 211750 saplings have been planted sofar.
The Joint Secretary stressed on cultivation of aroma andmedical plants in other blocks as well and emphasized on marketing ande-marketing of products made by SHG members of JKSRLM.
She stressed on making extra efforts in making the programsuccessful so that the underprivileged sections of the society are benefited.