About SGSY special project - in brief
With a view to ensure inclusion of the rural poor in the growth process, the
Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India had formulated several schemes
specifically targeted at rural BPL. Among these, the Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar
Yojana (SGSY), launched on 1st April 1999, aims to bring the assisted families
(Swarozgaris) above the poverty line by ensuring appreciable sustained level of income over a period of time. This objective is to be achieved by inter alia organizing the rural poor into Self Help Groups (SHG’s) through the process of social mobilization, training and capacity building and provision of income generating assets. The SHG approach helps the poor to build their self confidence through community action. This process would ultimately lead to the strengthening and socio economic empowerment of the rural poor as
well as their collective bargaining power.
The objective of each Special Projects for Skill Development would be to ensure a time-bound training and capacity building programme for bringing a specific number of Below Poverty Line (BPL) families above the poverty line through placement ensuring regular wage employment.