Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana By Smriti Sethi
Introduction . The Government of India has launched a new sub- scheme named "Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY)" as part of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM). Aim-to provide an alternative source of livelihood to members of Self Help Groups (SHGs) by facilitating them to operate public transport services in backward rural areas.
DAY-NRLM It is a poverty alleviation scheme implemented by Union Ministry of Rural Development. It was launched as NRLM in 2011 but was succeeded by Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana in 2016. The scheme aims at promoting self-employment and organization of rural poor. Basic idea - to organize the poor into Self Help Groups and make them capable for self-employment. It has a special focus on women empowerment including a dedicated component for promoting farm and non-farm based livelihoods for women farmers in rural areas
The scheme helps rural poor to set up self-employment ventures by ensuring easy access to credit. It is implemented across the country in all States and Union Territories (except Delhi and Chandigarh). It is one of the world's largest initiatives to improve the livelihood of poor. It is supported by World Bank.
Feature:s It will provide safe, affordable and community monitored rural transport services like e-rickshaws, 3 and 4 wheeler motorized transport vehicles to connect remote villages These transport vehicles will connect villages with key services and amenities including access to markets, education and health for the overall economic development of the area It will be implemented in 250 blocks in the country on a pilot basis for a period of 3 years from 2017-18 to 2019-20. Under it, Community Based Organisation (CBO) is proposed to provide interest free loan from its own entity to SHG member for purchase of the vehicle.
Provisions This will provide an additional avenue of livelihood for SHGs. The Community Investment Fund (CIF) provided to Community Based Organization (CBOs) under DAY-NRLM will be utilized to support the SHG members in this new livelihoods initiative. The beneficiary SHG member will be provided an interest free loan by the CBO from its Community Investment Fund upto Rs.6.50 lakh for purchase of the vehicle. . Or the CBO can own the vehicle and lease it to an SHG member to operate the vehicle and pay lease rental to the CBO.
s, lack of transportation links and sustainability of service would be the Backwardnes guiding factors in the selection of Blocks and routes. Besides this the Blocks will be selected by States where NRLM is being implemented intensively. The feasibility survey for the identification of routes and number of services required will be done by the State Rural Livelihood Missions (SRLMs). The SHG member shall run the vehicle on approved routes at pre-determined frequency as agreed by the CBO and the SHG operator based on financial viability and the need for rt link. . The vehicles will have a certain colour coding and will carry AGEY branding to ensure their identity and avoid diversion to other routes.
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