JK CM rolls out prestigious rural livelihood mission in State

Ganderbal/Srinagar,January 29 (Scoop News) –Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday said that the highest court to judge the performance of government is that of people’s court adding that public satisfaction over the work done by the government is the only genuine and valid certificate.
            “My report card is before the people of Jammu and Kashmir and they have to give me certificate for my government’s performance, as such, I am not afraid of the propaganda and false bogies carried by my detectors whether they are from PDP or separatists”, he asserted and said that people of Jammu and Kashmir would judge his performance as the Chief Minister and those of Ganderbal Assembly Constituency as MLA in 2014 State Assembly Elections.
            Rolling out prestigious National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) under the local name ‘Umeed’ to target rural poverty and bring about economic welfare in the rural households at Lar about 15 kilometres from here, the Chief Minister said that poverty alleviation through a befitting mechanism has been focused area during the last four years of his government and NRLM is yet another initiative in this regard.
            The Chief Minister said that the centrally sponsored NRLM was sanctioned for four blocks but by his persuasion at the Central Government level one block in each district is being sanctioned to be covered under the first phase of the programme.
            Omar Abdullah said that during his visit to certain villages in Utter Pradesh, he has witnessed the positive impact of NRLM for upliftment of rural poor. He said the success of the scheme is largely dependent on the unified efforts of the department and the people. He said that the people have important role in making the scheme viable and purposeful for alleviating poverty and improving economy of poor households. The Chief Minister also highlighted the role of Mission Director of the scheme and said that his approach and sincere work is key to see the scheme delivering and successful.
            The Chief Minister said that the rural poverty in the State is not so severe as is witness in most other states in the country because of the facts that Baba-i-Qoum Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah made farmers owners of agriculture land free of cost through the historic Land Reform Acts. He said Sheikh Sahib’s visionary approach to alleviate poverty paid satisfactory dividends. He said that his government through various flagship programmes and State Government run schemes is paying focused attention to upgrade economy and uplift poor populating across the State adding that NRLM is yet another important breakthrough in this regard.

            Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Rural Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar explained the salient features of the scheme and said that ‘Umeed’ initiative would prove highly significant for poverty alleviation in rural areas by enhancing their capacity of generating livelihood avenues.
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