Dehradun, October 30
Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna today inaugurated the Integrated Livelihood Support Project here. Describing the project very important for remote, hill and border areas of the state, he said he would personally keep an eye on the project and review its progress time to time.

Bahuguna, laying emphasis on better coordination among linear departments, hoped that the project would be useful in improving the living standard of people in hill and rural areas of the state. He said the project would prove a milestone in inclusive development and its focus would be on the development of poor families and women as they would be connected to agriculture, horticulture, forestry, tourism, animal husbandry and catchments development to enhance their income. He instructed the officials concerned to take the project as a mission and give priority to the SC and ST dominated areas.
Disseminating information about the project, Chief Secretary Alok Kumar Jain said the project would be executed jointly by the Uttarakhand Gramya Vikas Samiti, Uttarakhand Parvatiya Ajivika Samvardhan Company and Jalagam Prabandh Nideshalaya constituted under the Rural Development Department. This project has been executed in 38 development blocks in 10 hill districts and would benefit 1,03,975 families.
The project has been launched for seven years. Jain said the state government had launched various schemes with the aim to strengthen rural market system in remote hill areas and provide financial assistance to people. The people would also be provided with easy loans to strengthen their business, he said.
International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) Country Programme Manager Nigel Brett said the time frame had to be strictly adhered to for the better execution of the project and for this special attention had to be given to better budgeting, procurement, disbursement and the rules had to be simplified. Brett said it was the biggest project of the IFAD with the budget of Rs 90 million dollars. He also stressed on improving quality in programmes initiated for poverty eradication.

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