World Bank lauds successful poverty alleviation efforts of Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: World Bank has lauded Madhya Pradesh for its widespread
success achieved in poverty alleviation through livelihoods activities. The annual
collective income of 3.25 lakh poor families has been assessed to Rs 1377 crore
in the state.
The families, who used to be dependent on moneylenders
earlier, are now earning from Rs 3,000 to Rs 15,000 per month through
livelihoods activities. Average annual income of about 30,000 rural families
has increased up to Rs one lakh.
World Bank’s Supervision Mission Team praised these
achievements during review of implementation of District Poverty Initiative
Project here on Wednesday. Livelihoods activities are being conducted in 4,806
selected villages in 53 development blocks in 15 districts of Madhya Pradesh.
The team led by World Bank Task Team Leader Kevin
Crockford held detailed discussions on Madhya Pradesh DPIP project’s works,
livelihood activities, innovations and important achievements.
Project Coordinator DPIP LN Belwal informed the World
Bank team that 35,235 self-help groups have been formed under the project so
far with 4,04,612 families as members including 1,09,836 tribal and 90,2345
scheduled caste families. Fiscal assistance of Rs 374.63 crore has been
provided to these SHGs for livelihoods activities. Belwal apprised the team
about a number of other important livelihoods activities.
Belwal informed that women beneficiaries’
participation has increased considerably in Gram Panchayats, Gram Sabhas and
other rural activities. He informed that beneficiaries have come forward to
open accounts under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana.
Other members of the team including Samik Sundardas, Saumik
Mitra, Papiya Bhattacharya, Isabella, Mio Takada, Gitika Hora, Varun Singh, Michael
Winston Davis and Atin Rastogi also shared their experiences of tour of
The meeting was conducted by Coordinator Procurement Raman
Vadhwa. A video presentation on various livelihoods clusters’ economic
activities was also made on the occasion.