Government today said Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh are ahead of other States in addressing urban poverty during the last three years.
Urban development Ministry in a release said, Tamil Nadu is in the forefront in assisting urban poor with subsidized loans for self-employment through setting up of individual and group micro enterprises and formation of Self-Help Groups under Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Urban Livelihoods Mission.
It said, Uttar Pradesh led in skilling urban poor and Madhya Pradesh stood second in skill training and providing loans support.
The National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) was launched with the objective of reducing the poverty and vulnerability of urban poor households by enabling them to access gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities.
NULM which was launched in 790 cities and towns in 2013 was subsequently extended to all the statutory 4,041 cities and towns in February last year.
During 2014 to 17, more than eight lakh urban poor were given skill training, over one lakh 35 thousand beneficiaries were given subsidized bank loans for setting up own enterprises and over one lakh 62 thosand Self-Help Groups have been formed for taking up income augmenting activities with the support of bank loans.