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Govt to launch job plan for urban poor

Moushumi Das Gupta, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 28, 2013
First Published: 23:54 IST(28/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:17 IST(29/4/2013)

With barely a year left for parliamentary elections, the Centre plans to launch a tweaked version of its flagship job plan, NREGS, customised for the urban poor - whose numbers are steadily rising. 

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The National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) would provide skill development training to four million urban poor during the 12th plan period (2012-17).

It would also help them get gainful employment and provide financial help to those who wish to start their own business - unlike the wage-based National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, which provides 100 days of employment in a year to the rural poor.

"The Centre's expenditure finance committee recently approved a little over Rs. 8,000 crore (for the entire plan period) to launch NULM," a finance ministry official said.

With the cut-off date for announcement of government schemes ahead of Elections 2014 drawing near, the housing and urban poverty alleviation ministry is fine-tuning the modalities before it goes to cabinet for approval.

The NREGS was perceived by the UPA as a major poll plank in 2009. Ahead of 2014, it hopes to encash on NULM and other pro-poor schemes such as food security and direct cash transfers.

A ministry report says 93 million urban residents live in slums.


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