The Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation is implementing an urban poverty alleviation scheme called Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) since 1997 on all India basis. The scheme has been comprehensively revamped in 2009. The revamped scheme aims at providing gainful employment to the urban unemployed and under-employed poor, through encouraging the setting up of self employment ventures by the urban poor living below the poverty line, skills training and also through providing wage employment by utilizing their labour for construction of socially and economically useful public assets.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today she said, the revamped Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) has five major components:-
(i) Urban Self Employment Programme (USEP)-Targeting individual urban poor for setting up of micro-enterprises.
(ii) Urban Women Self-help Programme (UWSP)-Targeting urban poor women self-help groups for setting up of group-enterprises and providing them assistance through a revolving fund for thrift & credit activities.
(iii) Skill Training for Employment Promotion amongst Urban Poor (STEP-UP)-Targeting urban poor for imparting quality training so as to enhance their employability for self-employment or better salaried employment.
(iv) Urban Wage Employment Programme (UWEP) -Assisting urban poor by utilizing their labour for construction of socially and economically useful public assets, in towns having population less than 5 lakhs as per 1991 census.
(v) Urban Community Development Network (UCDN)-Assisting the urban poor in organizing themselves in self- managed community structures so as to gain collective strength to address the issues of poverty facing them and participate in the effective implementation of urban poverty alleviation programmes.
Kumari Selja said, SJSRY scheme is being implemented through respective State Governments. Institutes for skill training are identified by State Governments at their level under the scheme. Since the scheme is being implemented by the State Governments, no skill training institute has been identified at Central level. However, for capacity building related training for stakeholders involved in implementation of SJSRY, the following nodal training institutes are selected :- (i) Human Settlement Management Institute (HSMI), New Delhi; (ii) Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES), Lucknow; (iii) Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES), Hyderabad; (iv) Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES), Mumbai. Statement showing state-wise details of the beneficiaries under the scheme of Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY) is at Annexure.