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Business News/ Politics / Policy/  Jairam Ramesh pitches for greater transparency in NRLM

Jairam Ramesh pitches for greater transparency in NRLM

Ramesh says rural development ministry is looking to set up an independent evaluation office for NRLM

Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh. Photo: Hindustan Times (Hindustan Times)Premium
Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh. Photo: Hindustan Times
(Hindustan Times)

New Delhi: The National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) will have an office of independent and concurent evaluation to lend it greater transparency, rural development minister Jairam Ramesh said on Monday.

“How are we going to measure what we are doing and how do we know we are on the right track?" the minister asked at a workshop on the functioning of the various programmes of the mission that has been allocated Rs4,000 crore in this year’s national budget.

“That is why I think it’s very very important to embed within the NRLM framework an independent evaluation mechanism," Ramesh said. His ministry was looking to set up an independent evaluation office for the programme, he said.

The programmes under the livelihood mission include the establishment of women’s self-help groups, creation of livelihoods for rural women, skill development and placement programmes called Himayat in Jammu and Kashmir and Roshni in areas afflicted with Maoist insurgency.

Earlier this year, the cabinet approved the establishment of a concurrent evaluation office for the rural development ministry as a whole. The ministry has an annual budget of about Rs80,000 crore.

Three to four people have been short-listed to head the office and interviews are expected to take place this week, ministry officials said, requesting nonymity.

“But within each of the programmes (of the rural development ministry) like NRLM, I think it’s important to have a group of professionals who are not directly involved in the implementation of the programme, who are constantly looking at the metrics to measure the impact of each of the components of the NRLM," Ramesh said, indicating a desire to evaluate each programme individually.

The livelihood mission was established in June 2010 to be implemented across states to establish efficient institutions made up of and for the upliftment of the rural poor. The programme is aimed at enabling the rural poor to increase household income and secure access to financial and public services.

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Published: 13 Aug 2013, 12:14 AM IST
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