PM’s Employment Generation Programme
PM’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) looks to create more than four lakh jobs in the upcoming fiscal – 2016-17. It had been announced in 2000 and formally launched during fiscal 2008-09. PMEGP can be described as a credit-linked subsidy program that is essentially a combination of Rural Employment Generation Programme (REGP) and Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Yojana (PMRY). The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MoMSME) administers the
The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MoMSME) administers the program and the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) implements it. The KVIC directorates are responsible for administering the program at the state level.
Main Objective of PMEGP
The primary aim is to generate jobs in both rural and urban regions, by way of self-employment ventures, micro enterprises, and other eligible projects. It also aims at bringing back the tradition of village artisanship and helping urban youth who are unable to get jobs due to one reason or the other. The program also looks to provide employment that is continuous and sustainable and make sure its beneficiaries’ earning capacities are enhanced thus.
The program has some definite eligibility criteria. It only provides assistance to new projects that have been sanctioned by the authorities. To start with, the applicant needs to be older than 18 years in order to be deemed fit to receive assistance under the program. The program does not have any upper limit of income as far as granting assistance is concerned.
The concerned applicant needs to have studied till at least eighth standard in the case of manufacturing sector projects that are worth more than INR 10 lakh and business or service sector projects, which are in excess of INR 5 lakh. Self-help groups can receive assistance under the program. This is especially applicable to BPL families. However, they should not be the beneficiary of any similar program.
The Assistance Provided
For people belonging to the general category, the beneficiary needs to be able to contribute at least 10% of the project costs. The union government, in this case, provides 15% of the funding for projects in urban areas and 25% in case of ones being executed in rural areas. In the case of applicants regarded as being special, the beneficiary needs to contribute at least 5% of the costs. For such cases, the central government provides 25% of the funding (urban projects) and 35% of the funding (rurally-done projects).
The following individuals are regarded as special
- Scheduled Castes (SCs).
- Scheduled Tribes (STs).
- Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
- People from the Northeastern states.
- People living in border areas and hills.
The PGEP Benefits the following Industry Groups
- Agro-based food processing industries.
- Polymer and chemical-based industries.
- Forest-based industries.
- Rural engineering and biotech industries.
- Handmade paper and fiber industries.
- Service and textile industries.
- Mineral-based industries.
- Application procedure.
The Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) issues advertisements in electronic and print media asking for applications and project proposals to be put forward by entities willing to become beneficiaries of the program. This is done following consultation between divisional and state directors of KVIB and Director of Industries for that particular state. The applicants can also submit their applications online and then get printouts of the application. Once they have done this, they can then submit it to the concerned office along with necessary documents such as detailed project reports.