The Centre is planning to implement a central livelihood scheme in the mid-Gangetic plains for empowerment of women from vulnerable sections.
The implementation of the programme, which would be of eight years duration, will be through the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), officials in the Ministry of Women and Child Development said. It will also be assisted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
To begin with, the scheme 'Priyadarshini' will be implemented in select districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. "The objective of this project is to empower in a holistic and sustainable manner vulnerable groups of women to enable them to address their social, political, legal, health and economic problems," Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath said.
On the ICDS scheme being run in across the country, Tirath said the government has modified the sharing pattern of ICDS Scheme between the Centre and the states.
The sharing pattern of supplementary nutrition in respect of northeastern states between Centre and states will be changed from 50:50 to 90:10 ratio from 2009-10.