Punjab government on Sunday said it has chalked out a comprehensive plan to empower self help groups to generate self-employment opportunities for BPL families in the state.
The state rural development and panchayat minister, Sikandar Singh Maluka, said that in the first phase the ministry would launch a drive to generate awareness amongst the people about the platform of self-help groups.
He said for this purpose, NGO's, social workers and youngsters will educate people regarding new opportunities of self employment.
Maluka said the state rural livelihood mission society will be set up that would go into the details of the necessities of BPL families at grassroots level and provide them credit and financial services inorder to get a permanent source of income.
Under the programme, Central and state governments have already released funds in the ratio of 75:25 to self-help groups that are registered with the state government, Maluka said.
"In a bid to provide facilities for self-help groups, a pilot project has also been started in 12 blocks of five districts -- Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Patiala and Sangrur - which would be extended in the whole state soon," he said.