(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Provisions towards Rural
Livelihoods & Infrastructure
Provisions towards Rural Livelihoods & Infrastructure:
The overall budget allocation to Ministry of Rural development has shown a 7
per cent increase over last year’s Budget 2017-18 (685). The budget allocation
for the major schemes of Ministry of Rural Development which intends for
provision of rural infrastructure and livelihoods are given in Table 1. The
schemes like National livelihood Mission and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural
Guarantee Program have reported 28% and 15% increase over last year's budget
respectively. This emphasizes strong intention of Budget for generating
productive and gainful on farm and non~ farm employment of landless families.
The Budget further provides for an increase in loans to Self Help Groups of
women of about 37% over last year. These Self groups are playing a key role in
empowering women financially through their active participation in non-farm
enterprises and agriculture allied sectors. Empowerment of these women results
in development of rural areas and helps in alleviating poverty.