Ajeevika – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM)

Ministry/Department :  Ministry of Rural Development
Objective: To reduce poverty by enabling the poor households to access gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities, resulting in appreciable improvement in their livelihoods on a sustainable basis, through building strong grassroots institutions of the poor
  • It is also called Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana – NRLM
  • Swarnjayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY) was restructured as National Rural Livelihoods Mission in 2011
  • NRLM has now been renamed as Aajeevika.
  • World Bank supported program
  • Organise rural BPL people in SHGs and make them capable for self-employment by providing capacities such as information, knowledge, skills, tools, finance and collectivization.
  • It has a special focus on women empowerment including a dedicated component for promoting farm and non-farm based livelihoods for women farmers in rural areas
  • It is implemented across the country in all States and Union Territories (except Delhi and Chandigarh).
  • Works on three pillars:
    • Enhancing and expanding existing livelihoods options of the poor
    • Building skills for the job market outside; and
    • Nurturing self-employed and entrepreneurs.
Factual Information:
  • It was launched as NRLM in 2011 but was succeeded by Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana in 2016



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