on the flagship programmes of the Rural Development
HYDERABAD: The Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy held
a detailed review meeting on the flagship programmes of the Rural Development
department with Ministers and top officials at Secretariat today.
It was decided that from 15th August, 2012 the Self Help
Groups will pay only the principal amount and the interest applicable from 1st
January, 2012 will be paid by the Government on prompt repayment under
“Vaddileni Runalu”. At present the interest is being paid by SHGs and
government is reimbursing it later. As far as pavala vaddi is concerned, dues
are fully paid up to December, 2011 and Rs.1,839 crores released since 2,004 of
which Rs.1,270 crs released in the last 18 months, which is a record.
As far as bank linkage for SHGs are concerned, Rs.7,810
crs disbursed during 2011-12 which was 96% of the targeted amount and recovery
rate was 94%, a substantial improvement. During 2012-13, the target is Rs.9.087
crs which will cover 3.6 lakhs groups and 43.2 lakh members. Meanwhile the
Chief Minister agreed for an incentive of 0.5% to the Village Organisations (VOs)
for credit planning and grounding of assets to improve the quality of grounding
and measure the impact on poverty. This may work out to Rs.50 crs.
Rural Development Minister Mr. D. Manikya Vara Prasad,
Minister for IKP, Women and Child Welfare, Ms. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy, Principal
Secretary, Rural Development, Mr R Subramaniam, Commissioner, Rural
Development, Ms. G.Jayalakshmi, CEO, SERP, Mr Rajasekhar, Special Commissioner,
RD, Ms. Suvarna, Secretary, Finance, Mr Prem Chandra Reddy and other officials
attended the meeting.
The Officials informed the Chief Minister that both the
Planning Commission and the World Bank hailed the SHG movement in Andhra
Pradesh and the Andhra. Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Project (APRPRP).
The Human Development Report 2011 published by The
Planning Commission of India said that “The lower incidence of rural poverty in
Andhra Pradesh may be partially due to Velugu/IKP, a State-wide rural poverty
eradication programme based on the social mobilization and empowerment of the
rural poor women. The women’s self-help group (SHG) movement with 0.7 million
such groups has been successful in the State and has contributed towards
poverty reduction in rural areas”.
The World Bank ICR 2012 said “APRPRP significantly
exceeded development outcomes envisaged in the project. It delivered not only
household “and community level outcomes but also had a profound systemic impact
leading to policy reforms for building pro-poor ecosystem in the State akin to
what is normally achieved under Programmatic Lending or Development Policy Loan
operations. The project is, by far, one of the largest poverty reduction
initiatives in the world with an outreach of 11 million households. The nearest
comparable initiative in the region is that of Grameen Bank which has reached
8.3 million households in Bangladesh”.
As far as Stree Nidhi is concerned, during 2011-12, Rs.85
crs was sanctioned to 98,416 members and recovery rate is 96%. The share
capital is Rs.55 crs by the Government and Rs.50 crs by the members and it was
found that 83% are being used for productive purposes. During 2012-13, Rs.52
Officials told the Chief Minister that 80,000 households
were brought on project mode under Poorest of the Poor (PoP) plan spending
Rs.150 crs. The PoP plan is being expanded to urban SHGs under MEPMA from July,
2012. The Milk Mission will be further improved in consultation with other
Under Abhaya Hastam, 49.13 lakh SHG women are already
enrolled and they have contributed Rs.632 crs and the government contribution
being Rs.340 crs. Pension amount of Rs.620 crs already paid to 4.90 lakh women
and under this scheme, scholarship amount of Rs.157 crs paid to 8 lakh children
from 2009 to 2011. 8 lakh new members may be admitted in place of vacancies.
It was decided to distribute 12 lakh scholarships worth Rs.117 crs across the
State within few days.
Nutrition cum Day Care Centre (NDCC) are opened against a target of 4000 to
provide nutritious food to the pregnant women, lactating mothers and children
below 5 years till 2011-12. It is proposed to start 2,000 more centres during
2012-13 spending Rs.113.50 crs. It was now proposed to start yet another 4,000
NDCCs to cover 2,300 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) and 1700 SC
habitations spending Rs.14-00 crs from the SCP/TSP.