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Introduction

District Rural Development Agency commonly known as DRDA was merged with the Zilla Parishad from April, 2000. Thenceforth it has been functioning as District Rural Development Cell under the Zilla Parishad, Nadia.

Function

The Cell is mainly entrusted with the task of implementation of SGSY which aims at brining the rural BPL families of the district above the poverty line in a phased manner with the assistance of external facilitators like NGOs, Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Self Help Promoting Institutions (SHPIs) and active participation of Panchayat functionaries and Block officials through Self Help Groups and individual Swarojgaries providing them training, credit, technology, infrastructure, and  marketing facilities.  Apart from the above the Cell holds money for payment of benefit under NOAPS and NFBS.  Funds for the above purpose are directly credited to the Bank Account  of the Gram Panchayats and Municipalities.  More over, the Cell receives money for other centrally sponsored schemes like IAY, SGRY-I & II, PMGSY directly from the Government of India.  Excepting PMGSY other funds are transferred to the Zilla Parishad.  At present the fund for PMGSY is kept Statewise in the Bank in Kolkata

Salient features of Swarnajayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana

A poverty alleviation cum alternative employment programme

Object

  • To bring the rural poor families above the poverty line by ensuring appreciable sustained level of income.
  • The families whose per capita consumption expenditure per month is within Rs.274.35 p. will come under the purview  of this.

Ambit

  • Here the beneficiaries are called Swarojgaries.
  • The programme focuses on group approach.
  • However, individual Swarojgaries may also come under this.

Blockwise Key Activities

Name of the Block

Name of Key Activities

Karimpur-I

  • Horticulture(Banana cultivation; Pan(betelvine) cultivation
  • Bidi making
  • Sericulture
  • Handloom
  • Paddy Pounding
  • Fishery
  • Minor Irrigation
  • Achar-jelly-pappad making
  • Veg. Cultivation
  • Tailoring wool knitting
  • Pisciculture

Karimpur-II

  • Pan(betelvine) cultivation
  • Sericulture
  • Handloom
  • Conch-shell carving
  • Banana cultivation
  • Poultry

Tehatta-I

  • Banana cultivation
  • Rice pounding
  • Minor Irrigation
  • Poultry
  • Bidi making
  • Dairy
  • Tailoring
  • Weaving (handloom)
  • Piggery

Tehatta-II

  • Sericulture
  • Minor Irrigation
  • Poultry
  • Paddy husking
  • Dairy
  • Fish netting
  • Veg. Cultivation
  • Handloom

Krishnagar-I

  • Paddy husking
  • Handloom
  • Piggery
  • Goatery
  • House-hold dairy
  • Fish net making

Krishnagar-II

  • Fish net making
  • Paddy husking with cycle
  • Handloom
  • Piggery
  • Poultry
  • Bidi manufacturing
  • Goatery
  • Dairy
  • Bamboo works
  • Veg. cultivation

Nabadwip

  • Handloom
  • Minor Irrigation
  • Dairy
  • Sree khol making
  • Carpentry
  • Agriculture (groundnut, banana, yam)

Krishnaganj

  • Handloom
  • Minor Irrigation
  • Poultry
  • Paddy Processing

Implementation

  • It is implemented through groups and individuals
  • Emphasis is given on group approach because the prospect of success is considered to be more here.

Procedure for formation of SHG

  • In the first meeting names  of the group, leader,  Secretary and Treasurer are to be decided.
  • The amount of voluntary saving by a member per month is to be decided.
  • A code of conduct is to be devised.
  • A Savings Bank A/C is to be opened in the service area Bank Branch.  The amount of savings  is to be credited there regularly.
  • Internal lending among the members of the group is to be done.  Rate of interest is to be fixed by the group.

Selection of activity

  • This is the most important aspect of the programme.  In fact, success will depend on right selection of  activity.
  • Each Block SGSY Committee will identify about 10 activities giving proper weightage  on farm activity, rural artisans and unemployed educated youths.
  • Assistance of the Line Department Officers is to be taken for this.
  • The District SGSY Committee will get the Project Reports prepared by the Line Department Officials.

Name of the Block

Name of Key Activities

Chapra

  • Rice pounding
  • Minor Irrigation
  • Live stock

Nakashipara

  • Handloom
  • Minor Irrigation
  • Sericulture
  • Paddy husking
  • Milk production

Kaliganj

  • Handloom
  • Tailoring
  • Brass metal
  • Poultry
  • Dairy
  • Goatery
  • Bamboo Basket
  • Minor Irrigation
  • Paddy husking
  • Betelvine

Ranaghat-I

  • Paddy husking
  • Banana cultivation
  • Handloom
  • Floriculture

Ranaghat-II

  • Floriculture
  • Handloom
  • Banana cultivation
  • Fishery
  • Pottery
  • Silver ornaments making
  • Furniture  making
  • Animal Husbandry

Santipur

  • Weaving
  • Rice pounding
  • Readymade garments
  • Livestock development

Hanskhali

  • Rice pounding
  • Floriculture
  • Bamboo works
  • Livestock  (dairy, piggery, poultry, goatery)
  • Banana cultivation
  • Bidi binding
  • Clay modeling
  • Rickshaw with engine
  • Tailoring
  • Fishery
  • Massionery

Chakdah

  • Readymade garments (tailoring & sewing & knitting);
  • Handloom
  • Rice pounding
  • Poultry
  • Veg. Cultivation
  • Clay modeling

Haringhata

  • Minor Irrigation
  • Dairy
  • Goatery
  • Piggery
  • Duckery
  • Paddy husking
  • Mat making
  • Basket making

Self Help Groups

  • A group may consist of 10 to 20 members.  In case of minor irrigation and disabled persons this number may be from 5 to 20.
  • All members of the group should belong to families below the poverty line (BPL).  However, a maximum number of 20% and in exceptional cases, upto a maximum of 30% of the members may be taken from families marginally above the poverty line provided they shall not become office bearers and are not entitled to subsidy.
  • A group shall not consist of more than one member from the same family.  A person should not be a member of more than one group.
  • Willful defaulters are not entitled to its benefit.
  • 50% of the Groups  formed in each Block  should be exclusively for women.

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