Rural Development and Planning Minister K.C. Joseph has reiterated the commitment of the State government to the progress of the Kudumbasree Mission.

Speaking to media persons here on Saturday, Mr. Joseph said that the government would provide Kudumbasree with greater support, protection and benefits than what had been made available previously. The Kudumbasree Mission is a prestigious project and will never be abandoned by the government.

Mr. Joseph also termed as “unfounded” the recent statement of nearly 20 academics that questioned the government's sincerity in supporting the mission.

The accusations that have been made in the statement are baseless and do not connect with the ground realities.

The Minister was of the opinion that likening such an approach to one aimed at weakening the Kudumbasree Mission is unjustifiable.

He also said the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) will be implemented from the next year onwards and will replace the Swarnajayanti Grameen Swarozgar Yojana. The NRLM is intended to eradicate poverty in rural areas and to provide employment opportunities that would result in the elimination of poverty.