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UP achieves 74% of target under PM job cheme in 8 months

In nearly eight and half months, Uttar Pradesh has utilised more than Rs 189.04 crore to help 5,507 enterprises across the state as part of the Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), thereby achieving 74 per cent of the targeted amount till January 16, the government said. With more than two months still remaining, officials believe that state will surpass the target by the end of the financial year.

The government also said that UP has topped the list in terms of achieving the target, which is much higher than just 48.33 per cent of the target reached collectively by all working institutions associated with PMEGP across the country.

The main credit for this achievement goes to the Uttar Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) which has already reached 106 percent against the target set for utilisation of margin money, a government official said.

Under KVIB, more than Rs 81.76 crore has been given to 2,378 units, and thereby providing employment to more than 21,000 youth, the official added.

According to the government sources, two other agencies – District Industries Center (DIC) and Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) that are a part of the PMEGP in Uttar Pradesh – utlised 77 per cent and 36 per cent of the target money, respectively.

Under the PMEGP, a general category beneficiary setting up an enterprise in rural area is given 25 per cent of the project cost as subsidy, and the same is 35 per cent for every other set of people. The promoter equity in case of a general category beneficiary will be 10 per cent, while in every other case the same has been decided to be 5 per cent.

The maximum cost of the project/unit admissible under manufacturing sector is Rs 25 lakh and under business/service sector is Rs 10 lakh.

Additional Chief Secretary (Khadi and Village Industries) Navneet Sehgal said the data shows how we could convert an adverse situation like a pandemic into an opportunity. “Even during that the pandemic, the board provided margin money for employment and business to the youth effectively. We made an online system and started a campaign to invite people to become a part of the scheme and benefit from the same. As part of the scheme, the subsidy is first issued by the concerned bank, which claims that amount with us,” said Sehgal, adding that in Uttar Pradesh no interest is charged for the first three years from the beneficiary.

According to the state government, the target set for the KVIB was to give Rs 77.16 crore to 2,572 units, while for DIC it was Rs 102.87 crore to 3,429 units and for KVIC Rs 77.16 crore to 2,572 units.

While the KVIB accepted the proposals for 169 per cent of the target amount, the DIC and KVIB accepted proposals for 145 per cent and 52 per cent of the target amount, respectively.

Collectively, the three agencies were given a target of Rs 257.19 crore to 8,573 units, and they accepted proposals from 10,009 units amounting to more than Rs 320.10 crore – 124 per cent of the target.

As per the district wise data for KVIB, the highest amount disbursed was in Pratapgarh (Rs 4.33 crore), followed by Varanasi (Rs 4.28 crore) and Ghazipur (Rs 3.96 crore). The amount sanctioned by the banks was also highest in Pratapgarh at Rs 6.13 crore.

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