The Central Government will soon launch Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana –AGEY as a sub-scheme under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM). Ministry of Rural Development will implement the AJEY Scheme to provide source of livelihoods to poor families. Government will offer them to operate public transport in backward rural areas.
The Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana is launched on pilot basis in 250 blocks of the country. The AJEY will run for 3 years from 2017-18 to 2019-20 and could be expanded later. Self Help Groups (SHG’s) under DAY-NRLM will run transport vehicles like e-rickshaws, 3 and 4 wheeler motor transport providing connectivity to markets, education, health and other basic amenities.
Features of Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana
The Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana under DAY-NRLM help in providing safe, affordable transport rural transport service which will help in connecting remote villages. This will increase the economic value of rural areas and additional progress of livelihood for SHGs. Community Based Organisation (CBO) is will give interest free loan to buy vehicles to SHG members under AJEY Scheme.
The 250 blocks to run AJEY Scheme will be selected by state from blocks under National Rural Livelihoods Mission. Priority will be given to areas where Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP) and Mahila Kissan Shashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP).
Vehicles Provided Under Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana
- SHG members can choose between e-rickshaws, 3 and 4 wheeler motor transport
- Maximum cost of vehicle purchased will be 6.50 lakh
- Second-hand vehicles will not be given under AJEY scheme as they will increase maintenance cost
- SRLM’s will co-ordinate with state roadways authority and will arrange routes, staff and other necessary procedures
- The loan could be repayed by SHG members up to maximum 6 years
The Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana focus to empower women providing them a source of livelihood and self-employment. The DAY-NRLM scheme is launched for promoting farm and non-farm based livelihoods for women farmers in rural areas. You can read more about Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana from the link Download