Srinagar: Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta today chaired a meeting to review progress on various job creation programs in Jammu and Kashmir.
The administrative secretaries of the departments of housing and urban development, labor and employment, industries and commerce, social protection, as well as the mission director, J&K Rural Livelihood Mission (JKRLM) as well as the officers concerned attended the meeting.
He was informed that J&K Rural Livelihood Mission has formed 1,000 self-help groups and will facilitate the formation of another 3,000 self-help groups by the end of September.
Stating that self-help groups have enormous potential in Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Mehta asked JKRLM to target the creation of 11,000 self-help groups during the current fiscal year by ensuring social mobilization of ‘about 2.50 lakh of rural women.
JKRLM was also invited to introduce institutional innovations and train self-help groups to produce products suitable for modern requirements, in addition to establishing fruitful downstream links with electronic markets.
He also urged the department to target the 2000 “Bank Sakhis” appointment to J&K by strengthening banking ties with SHGs.
The Chief Secretary advised the Housing and Urban Planning Department to explore convergence with other programs being implemented in the urban J&K sector to increase acceptance of NULM in the urban setting.
Stressing that the targets of the direct funding program for SC / ST / OBC are extremely low, the Chief Secretary urged those concerned to focus particularly on providing gainful employment to the most disadvantaged and marginalized in society.
The Directorate of Industry and Commerce indicated that compared to the objective of 2352 cases under the PMEGP, 7613 cases have been sanctioned to date by the banks and in 5775 cases, financial assistance has also been paid. to beneficiaries.
The chief secretary stressed greater coordination between departments and banks to speed up sanctions and disbursement of loans under various programs so that the goal of creating a lakh of self-employment opportunities for young people is reached at the end of the current fiscal year.