PMEGP scheme fails in western Odisha
Bhubaneswar: In three years only a meagre 7,912 persons have been allotted loans through Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), reports have found.
Proving the immense failure of the scheme, the reports have analysed that the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Ministry set up for guarantying employment of youth while boosting the skills of State’s local youth, has not been able to reach out to the locals, amid banks’ indifference to pay the PMEGP loans, the sources alleged.
The Ministry of MSME have said that the scheme has not been fruitful in the State, sources added.
Out of the 7,912 beneficiaries, only 70 have been paid loans in Boudh district, 76 in Sonepur,79 in Kandhamal,84 in Deogarh,87 in Gajpati, while Malkangiri had the lowest granted district with 49 persons allocated the loan.
Likewise 243 person have been issued loans in Angul,382 in Baleswar,234 in Bargarh,362 in Bhadrak,142 in Bolangir, 373 in Dhenkanal, 392 in Ganjam,259 in Jagatsinghpur,376 in Jajpur, 128 in Jharsuguda,189 in Kalahandi, 297 in Kendrapara,128 in Koraput, 634 in Mayurbhanj, 117 in Nabarangpur, 178 in Nayagarh, 111 in Nuapara, 166 in Samblapur, 314 in Sundargarh, 551 in Puri,634 in Khurda, while Cuttack district hailed the most loaners with 779 being given loans.
The concerned Minister of MSME Department, Yogendra Behera said he had discussed the banks’ such lack of enthusiasm with the District Collector at the tri monthly DCC meeting for granting loans to the backward youth for their skill enhancement.
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