SHGs to Get Loan at from 24% to 12% interest rate: C.M. Shri Kamal Nath

Right to Use Rural Land for Horticulture Crops to Unemployed Youth
Reviews Panchayat and Rural Development Department
Bhopal, June 8, 2019 (Ataullah Faizan): The Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath has instructed the officers concerned to draft a proposal to give right to the unemployed rural youth to utilize the unused government land for cultivation of horticultural crops. He said that this would engage them in employment.Shri Kamal Nath was reviewing the Department of Panchayat Raj and Rural Development at Mantralaya here today. The Minister of Panchayat and Rural Development, Shri Kamleshwar Patel attended the meeting.
Right to use Govt. land by unemployed rural youth
The Chief Minister observed that the unemployed youth in rural areas can be provided employment on a large scale by giving them the right to use government land. He said that the government will however have ownership right over land. By giving them the right to use such unutilized land for a fixed period, unemployed youth can be encouraged to take cash crops to benefit themselves in lesser time.
Loan from 24% to on 12% to SHGs
The Chief Minister said that the self-help groups promoted under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission must have loans at lowest interest rate of 12 percent instead of present 24 percent. He said that many self-help groups fall in debt trap due to the high interest rate rather than earning profits. He instructed to assess the debt burden on self-help groups and submit a report on it.
Land Title to Houseless
The Chief Minister said that the rural houseless must be given land ownership title to help them build dwelling units in rural areas. They should be provided financial assistance. Shri Nath said that the campaign to distribute land title should be launched for which a time-bound programme should be chalked out. He gave instructions to design the campaign and the land distribution programme.
Preferred Mid-day Meals
The Chief Minister observed that the children should get meals of their liking under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. He said that nutrition value should be the priority.
Revenue Village Status for Habitations
The Chief Minister also asked the scattered habitations must be considered for getting the status as revenue village. This will benefit the people living there as they will be covered under various State and Central welfare schemes. The Chief Minister also instructed to make robust policy for the maintenance of the rural roads. He said that a practical policy should be laid for Take Home Ration.
Focus on Employment
Shri Nath said that training under skill development should be more focused on ensuring employment rather the number of trainees. He said that regular assessment should also be made about how many youth got skill training and how many of them actually got a job.
Attention on water conservation
Reviewing other schemes, the Chief Minister said that the ODF status should be regularly assessed. He asked to pay more attention on water conservation activities. He said that public participation is the key of successful water conservation.
The Chief Secretary Shri S.R. Mohanty, Additional Chief Secretary Panchayat and Rural Development Smt. Gauri Singh, Secretary Shri Umakant Umrao and senior officials were present.