Shimla 19 January 2020.-Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihood Mission (DAY-NULM) is proving very effective for socio-economic upliftment of the urban poor households of the state. The scheme aims at improving the social, economic and institutional capacity of the urban poor households. Under this scheme these families are imparted training along with providing financial assistance for gainful self employment, so that they could live a respectful life.

Under the Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana, 2293 self-help groups have been constituted for urban poor households in the state out of which 1780 self-help groups have been provided with revolving fund. As many as 103 Area Level Federation have also been constituted out of which 74 have been provided with revolving fund.

For setting up of small industries 1646 beneficiaries, have been provided loan of Rs. 22.15 crore at low interest rate and 424 self-help groups have been provided loans worth of Rs. 6.13 crore under this scheme. As many as 4282 beneficiaries have been provided training in various trades and 813 beneficiaries have been given employment under this scheme.

This Yojana has also proved to be a boon for urban street vendors. Under this scheme, a survey has been conducted for urban street vendors in all 54 urban bodies of the State. Almost 5000 street vendors have been provided training in various trades and identity cards have been issued to 2822 vendors.

Effective work is being done under this scheme for providing shelter to urban poor families. Six shelter homes have been constructed in various urban bodies and renovation of old shelter homes has also been done under this scheme. As many as 4032 homeless people have been provided shelter in the State.

There are six main components under Deen Dayal Antoday Yojna-National Urban Mission including employment through skill training and placement, social mobilization and institution development, capacity building and training, self employment programme, shelter for urban homeless and the main component is to provide assistance to urban street vendors.

The main objective of social awareness and institutional development component is to join family members of the beneficiaries with Self-Help Groups (SHG) and capacity building of the members through training programme. After three months of successful working of SHG, a revolving fund of Rs. 10 thousands is given to them. Under this programme, there is a provision to form area level federation by SHG, under which assistance of Rs. 50 thousands revolving fund is provided for internal transaction (capacity).

Under the skill training and placement component, unskilled urban poor are provided training to upgrade the existing skills in registered institutions of National Skill Development Corporation according to the standards of National Skill ability and standards of sector skill council.

Under the Self Employment programme component of DAY-NULM, financial assistance is provided to start individual /group business on the basis of skill, training and ability.

The Self Help Group of urban single poor and poor people are provided easy loans by the bank and are also provided subsidy on the loan given to SHG.

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State government to set up cow sanctuaries/Gosadan in 11 District

Animal Husbandry Minister Virender Kanwar today said that the state government will set up cow sanctuaries/Gausadans in eleven districts of the state except Lahaul Spiti district to provide shelter to stray cattle in natural environment and also to provide facilities for grazing as per the availability of land resources. He said that there are no stray cattle in district of Lahaul and Spiti.

He said that in initial phase, cow sanctuaries/Gosadans are being set up at Kotla Barog in District Sirmour, Handa Kundi in District Solan, Kheri in District Hamirpur, Thana Kalan Khas in District Una, Indora-Damtal, Kudan-GP-Badsar-Palampur, Kangaihan-Jaisinghpur and Luthan (Jawalamukhi) in District Kangra. Barota-Dabwal, Tehsil Shree Naina Devi ji in District Bilaspur, Dhar-Tatoh, Tehsil Sadar in District Bilaspur.

The maximum four Cow sanctuaries/Gosadans will be set up at Kangra district at Indora (Damtal), Kudan-(Palampur), Kangaihan (Jaisinghpur) and Luthan (Jawalamukhi) have been identified.

He said that the civil works of boundary wall for a Big Gosadan Bain Attarian, (being run by temple trust), at a cost of Rs. 77,90,000 is being carried out so as to enhance the carrying capacity of this Gosadan from existing 250 to 1000.

A target has been fixed that at least one cow sanctuary will be set up in each district except Lahaul Spiti while four cow sanctuaries will be set up in bigger districts like Kangra where the number of stray cattle is high.

The Minister said that at present three cow sanctuaries and two big Gosadans are under construction in Sirmour, Solan, Una, Hamirpur and Chamba Districts. At present cow sanctuaries/Gosadans are being constructed at Kotla Barog in Sirmour district with proposed cow strength between 300-500 cows, Handa Kundi in district Solan with proposed cow strength between 300-500 cows, Thana Kalan Khas in Una District with proposed cow strength between 400-600 cows, Kheri, Sujanpur in District Hamirpur with proposed cow strength approximately 600 cows, Manjheer District Chamba with proposed cow strength between 300-400 cows. The cow sanctuary/Gosadan at Kotla Barog in Sirmour district will be set up in 109 bighas area while cow sanctuary/Gosadan at Handa Kundi in District Solan, Thana Kalan Khas in District Una, Kheri, Sujanpur in District Hamirpur and Manjheer in District Chamba will be set up in 114.7 bighas, 390 Kanals, 153 Kanal and 12.5 bighas area respectively.

Virender Kanwar said that budget provision of Rs. 1.52 crores for Kotla Barog in District Sirmour, Rs. 2.97 crores for Handa Kundi in District Solan, Rs. 1.69 crores for Thana kalan khas in District Una, Rs. 2.56 crores for Kheri Sujanpur in District Hamirpur and Rs. 1.66 crores for Manjheer in District Chamba district has been made to construct the required infrastructure for these cow sanctuary/Gosadan.

He added that construction work on all above five cow sanctuaries/ big Gosadans is in final stage and will be completed by the year 2020 and all these cow sanctuaries/big Gosadans shall be made functional in the year 2020.

The government has notified various government departments engaged in infrastructure development like the PWD, RD, HPSIDC, Housing Board etc. as nodal departments for construction of these sanctuaries depending upon the suitability and work load pending with the department in respective district.

He said that the population of stray cattle in the state on roads presently is 27,352 and while 13,337 cattle are being reared in existing Gosadans and Gaushalas in the state.

The Minister said that the state Government will generate funds for running these cow sanctuaries through 15% net income of temple trusts and other resources to meet day to day expenditures of these cow sanctuaries. The state government is also providing financial assistance to NGO/Gram Panchayats/local bodies for running smart Gaushallas under PPP mode by providing financial assistance to these organizations.

The capacity of each cow sanctuary will depend on the size of land availability in respective district and state govt will use cow dung/urine for biogas plants, power generations and make other daily use products for sale in the open market to generate additional funds for these cow sanctuaries/Gosadans. The services of veterinary doctors /grass /fodder will be made available in each cow sanctuary/Gosadan in order to meet the basic needs of stray cows being reared in cow sanctuaries.