Friday, 8 June 2012

Employment Guarantee Scheme for Urban Areas



          The Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation has comprehensively revamped the scheme of Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) with effect from 2009-2010. The revamped SJSRY scheme is aimed at providing gainful employment to the urban unemployed and under-employed poor, through encouraging the setting up of self employment ventures by the urban poor living below the poverty line, skills training and also through providing wage employment by utilizing their labour for construction of socially and economically useful public assets.

As per the Estimates of Poverty released by the Planning Commission, the estimated number of urban people living below poverty line in the year 2004-2005 was 807.96 lakhs. A Statement showing State-wise number of persons below poverty line in urban areas is at Annexure-I.

With a view to ameliorate the living conditions of the urban poor, Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation is implementing an urban poverty alleviation programme named Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) on all India basis, with effect from 1.12.1997. The scheme strives to provide gainful employment to the urban unemployed and under-employed poor through encouraging the setting up of self employment ventures by the urban poor living below the poverty line, skills training and also through providing wage employment by utilizing their labour for construction of socially and economically useful public assets. The Statement showing Sate-wise budget allocation made under the Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) during the past three years is at Annexure-II.


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