Kudumbashree to launch Aajeevika Grameen Express Updated On 2019-03-18
Kudumbashree is all set to launch Aajeevika Grameen Express to solve the travelling difficulties in backward areas. Aajeevika Grameen Express will not only solve the travelling difficulties of the people but also would help them find a livelihood of their own.
The Government of India had launched a new sub-scheme named 'Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY)' as part of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM). The Self Help Groups under DAY-NRLM will operate road transport service in backward areas. This will help to provide safe, affordable and community monitored rural transport services to connect remote villages with key services and amenities (such as access to markets, education and health) for the overall economic development of backward rural areas. This will provide an additional avenue of livelihood for Kudumbashree NHGs.
The Community Investment Fund (CIF) provided to Community Based Organization (CBOs) under DAY-NRLM will be utilized to support the NHG members in this new livelihoods initiative. The beneficiary NHG member will be provided an interest free loan by the CBO from its Community Investment Fund upto Rs.6.50 lakhs for the purchase of the vehicle. Alternatively, CBO will own the vehicle and lease it to an NHG member to operate the vehicle and pay lease rental to the CBO. The blocks are selected by the states from among the blocks where NRLM is being implemented intensively and where mature CBOs are already functioning.
Backwardness, lack of transportation links and sustainability of service would be the guiding factors in the selection of Blocks and routes. The choice of vehicle could be either e-rickshaw, three wheeler or four wheeler within a cost ceiling of Rs.6.50 lakhs. Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana will be initially implemented in 4 blocks in 3 districts (Pathanamthitta, Thrissur, Idukki) of Kerala. Each block to purchase 3 vehicles. Currently, Enadhimangalam CDS of Parakkodu block has purchased the vehicle (Mahindra Supro).