The Government announced an overarching scheme for uplift of urban and rural poor through enhancement of livelihood opportunities through skill development and other means.
Under the current urban poverty alleviation programme, only 790 cities and towns are covered and the government has decided to extend these measures to all the 4,041 statutory cities and towns, there by covering almost the entire urban population.
Shri Venkaiah Naidu informed that under the urban component of DAY, focus will be on:
1.Imparting skills with an expenditure of Rs.15,000 Rs.18,000 on each urban poor;
2.Promotion of self-employment through setting up individual micro-enterprises and group enterprises with interest subsidy for individual projects costing Rs.2.00 lakhs and Rs.10.00 lakhs for group enterprises. Subsidized interest rate will be 7%;
3.Training urban poor to meet the huge demand from urban citizens by imparting market oriented skills through City Livelihood Centres. Each Centre would be given a capital grant of Rs.10.00 lakhs.
4.Enabling urban poor form Self-Help Groups for meeting financial and social needs with a support of Rs.10,000/- per each group who would in turn would be helped with bank linkages;
5. Development of vendor markets besides promotion of skills of vendors; and
6. Construction of permanent shelters for urban homeless and provision of other essential services.
For Skill development in Rural areas, a Scheme called Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana was launched by the Rural Development Minister Nitin Gatkari.