Hon'ble Minister

Shri Pawan Chamling
(Chief Minister, Govt. of Sikkim)

Welcome to Employment through skill training and placement

The Employment through Skills Training & Placement (EST&P) Component under Sikkim Urban Livelihoods Mission is designed to provide skills to the unskilled urban poor as well as to upgrade their existing skills. The program will provide for skill training of the urban poor to enable them setting up self-employment ventures and for salaried jobs in the private sector. The EST&P Program intends to fill the gap between the demand and availability of local skills by providing skill training programs as required by the market.

The broader objective of the Employment through Skills Training & Placement (EST&P) Program is–
  • To provide an asset to the urban poor in the form of skills for sustainable livelihood
  • To increase the income of urban poor through structured, market-oriented certified courses that can provide salaried employment and/or self-employment opportunities which will eventually lead to better living standards and alleviation of urban poverty on a sustainable basis.
  • Ensure inclusive growth with increased contribution of skilled urban poor to the National Economy.

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The Sikkim Urban Livelihood Mission shall rest on the foundation that the mobilisation of urban poor households to form their own institutions is an important investment for an effective and sustainable poverty reduction programme. NULM envisages mobilisation of urban poor households into a three tiered structure with Self-Help Groups (SHGs) at the grass-root level, Area Level Federations (ALFs) at the slum/ward level and City-level Federations (CLFs) at the city-level

Self-Help Groups (SHGs)
SHGs are groups of 10 to 20 women or men who come together to improve their living conditions by group savings and loans. These groups conduct regular meetings where the savings of the group is collected into a corpus fund, which is used to provide short-term loans to the members.

Panchsutra for a good SHG:
• Regular savings
• Regular meetings
• Regular accounts – book-keeping and accounting
• Regular repayments
• Adherence to rules and regulations of the SHGs
This component will focus on financial assistance to individuals/groups of urban poor for setting up gainful self-employment ventures/ micro-enterprises, suited to their skills, training, aptitude and local conditions. The component will also support Self Help Groups (SHGs) of urban poor to access easy credit from bank and avail interest subsidy on SHG loans.

Selection of Beneficiary: The Community Organisers (COs) and professionals from Urban Local Body (ULB) will identify the prospective beneficiaries from among the urban poor. The community structures formed under Social Mobilisation & Institutional Development (SM&ID) component of NULM viz: Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Area Level Federations (ALFs) may also refer prospective individual and group entrepreneurs for purpose of financial assistance under SEP to ULB.

Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP): In addition to skill training of the beneficiaries, the ULB will also arrange to conduct Entrepreneurship Development Programme for 3-7 days for individual and group entrepreneurs.
The Urban homeless persons contribute to the economy of the cities and thus the nation as cheap labour in the informal sector; yet they live with no shelter or social security protection. The urban homeless survive with many challenges like no access to elementary public services such as health, education, food, water and sanitation.

Sikkim Urban Livelihoods Mission aims at providing permanent shelter equipped with essential services to the urban homeless in a phased manner under the Scheme of Shelter for Urban Homeless (SUH).

OBJECTIVE: The objectives of the Shelter for Urban Homeless (SUH) component of NULM scheme are to: • Ensure availability and access of the urban homeless population to permanent shelters including the basic infrastructure facilities like water supply, sanitation, safety and security.
• Cater to the needs of especially vulnerable segments of the urban homeless like the dependent children, aged, disabled, mentally ill and recovering gravely ill, by creating special sections within homeless shelters and provisioning special service linkages for them.

The shelters will be permanent, running though out the year; and open round the clock, because many homeless persons find work in the nights. Following facilities/amenities may be provided at the shelters for dignified living:

• Well ventilated rooms.
• Water arrangements (Potable drinking water and other needs) and sanitation.
• Adequate bathing & toilet facilities.
• Standard lighting for shelter.
Street vendors constitute an important segment at the bottom of the pyramid of the informal economy in cities. Street vending provides a source of self-employment, and acts as a measure of urban poverty alleviation. Street vending also has a prominent place in the urban supply chain, and provides inexpensive and convenient access to goods and services to all segments of the population including the poor.

The objective of the component is to address the vulnerabilities of the urban street vendors through a multi-pronged approach. This includes:

• Survey of street vendors and issue of Identity Cards
• Development of city street vending plans
• Infrastructure development of vending zones in the city
• Training and Skill Development
• Financial Inclusion
• Access to credit
• Linkages to social security schemes
The key objectives of the Capacity Building and Training (CB&T) component are:

• To transform the role of M/o HUPA and State Agencies in charge of urban poverty alleviation into providers of high quality technical assistance in the field of livelihood promotion and urban poverty alleviation;
• To build strong institutional structures at the National, State, and City levels for efficient implementation of the NULM
• To build capacity of the urban poor, their institutions and the machinery involved in the implementation of NULM
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