Swabalamban

Swabalamban:

A Programme for Creation of Self-Employment Opportunities.

  • Guidelines:

Swabalamban is a Self-employment Generation Programme (SEGP) initiated by the State Government with the objective to ensure that a sizeable number of unemployed youth and SHGs are developed as potential individual or group entrepreneurs so that they can take up gainful self-employment. The Programme was initially launched in July 2001, but has since been expanded in its scope in 2005-06. A Swabalamban Society has been constituted for effective implementation of the Programme. The SHGs component of the Programme is being implemented through RD Department and the Self-employment Programme (SEP) component is being implemented by Industries & Commerce Department through the DICs. The main components of the Programme are Skill Up gradation and Financial Support (where necessary).

  • The existing Guideline of Swabalamban Scheme has been revised. As per the revised guideline, application will be received through Online process. The Revised guideline has been made applicable from the financial year 2019-20.
  • Any individual within the age group of 18 to 50 years can apply for loan. Only one person from one family is eligible for financial assistance. There is no income bar and qualification bar for availing of financial assistance under this programme. Projects promoted under partnership category, SHG and Cooperative are also eligible for assistance under the programme.
  • Administrative/ Monitoring Mechanism: The administrative set up for monitoring and supervision of the programme at the state level consists of State Level Steering Committee under Chairmanship of the Chief Minister and State Level Executive Committee (under Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary). Similarly, at District Level, there is a District Level Monitoring Committee headed by the Sabhadhipati, Zila Parishad and District Level Implementation  Committee headed by DM & Collectors and at Sub-Division Level Monitoring Committee headed by Sub-Divisional Magistrate.
  • Major activities covered: The major activities covered under the programme are pig farm (including breeding), dairy, poultry, fishery, metal bases industries including fabrication job, tailoring and readymade garments manufacturing, jute items manufacturing, cane & bamboo items manufacturing, rice milling, fruit processing, candle manufacturing, jewellery unit, DTP/computer service, photocopying, photography, decorator service, transport vehicles, repairing & servicing of electronic goods, cycle rickshaw repairing, vehicle/two wheeler etc. repairing, TV/cable networking, power tiller, saloon, selling of garments & handloom products, grocery & stationery, electronic goods, chemical & fertilizer, medicine, foot wares, other small business etc.
  • The performance under Swabalamban programme has picked up in recent years. Up to 2018-19 (October, 2019) total financial support of about Rs.434.37 Crores has been provided to 21496 entrepreneurs under Swabalamban in the form of Bank loan, on an average of Rs.2.02 lakhs per enterprise.

Overall Year-wise Performance (since inception) is as follows: (Rs. in lakhs)

Year Target Sponsored Sanctioned Disbursed
No. Amount No. Amount No. Amount
Upto 2003-04 -- 316 312.87 161 128.71 67 51.85
2004-05 -- 425 420.79 239 191.07 184 142.40
2005-06 500 300 533.05 194 172.40 164 145.30
2006-07 1000 1373 1999.51 499 572.75 377 353.56
2007-08 600 1067 1635.62 448 522.04 439 426.68
2008-09 1000 1034 1589.33 595 853.24 466 569.68
2009-10 1000 1887 3259.38 1119 1708.99 904 1062.02
2010-11 1500 2681 5394.53 1660 2919.62 1442 2117.07
2011-12 2000 3428 6670.74 2075 3757.56 1859 2910.04
2012-13 2000 3916 8311.17 2022 3918.42 1798 3102.62
2013-14 2500 4681 10708.15 2332 4867.09 2038 3927.58
2014-15 3000 5232 14156.95 2508 5685.64 2223 4490.20
2015-16 3500 5729 15856.65 2963 6970.83 2594 5502.90
2016-17 4000 6250 18639.34 3071 7756.67 2529 5913.32
2017-18 4000 6657 21371.42 2960 8279.44 2370 6542.71
2018-19* 4000 7311 26415.11 2526 8021.69 2045 6211.30
Total 30600 52287 137274.89 25372 56326.16 21499 43469.23

* Progress   up to 31/10/2019.

Swabalamban Scheme leaflet (Bengali).