83 project proposals approved across 29 States/UT under start-up village entrepreneurship programme

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 These projects cover 160 districts and 205 blocks across country

The Unioin Ministry of Rural Development, is implementing the Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP), as a sub-scheme under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) since 2015-16. Under this programme, block is the unit of implementation. As on 30th June, 2021, 183 project proposals have been approved across 29 States/Union Territories across the country. These projects cover 160 districts and 205 blocks. SVEP allows for more than one block to be combined under one project.

A mid-term review of SVEP was carried out during 2018-19 by Quality Council of India (QCI), which indicated that the programme was able to meet the objectives. Some of the key findings were :

• 82% of entrepreneurs across the blocks reported being from Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Class categories.
• 75% of the enterprises were owned and managed by women.
• 57% of the total household income is through the enterprises promoted under SVEP.
• Average gross income of the entrepreneurs is higher than the aspirational income stated by them from the enterprise at the time of starting the enterprise.
• Around 96% of the entrepreneurs reported an enhancement in savings.
• 70% of the entrepreneurs interviewed reported that taking loans from Community Enterprise Fund (CEF) was easy.