Kudumbashree- Kerala State Poverty Eradication Mission bagged three Skoch Order of Merit Awards. The three projects viz., convergence initiatives under PMAY (U), Construction of PMAY (U) houses through women construction groups and the convergence with Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme are the projects selected for the recognition.The Awards were distributed at a function held at Constitution Club of India, New Delhi on 25 February 2019.
Kudumbashree, has been the state level nodal agency for many housing projects for the past 20 years. Kudumbashree members were given skill training in construction sector and as many PMAY (U) houses were constructed across the state by Kudumbashree women construction groups. Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme (AUEGS) aims at enhancing the livelihood security of people in urban areas by guaranteeing hundred days of wage-employment in a financial year to a urban household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work, which also aims to provide a strong, rights-based social safety net for the people in the urban areas of Kerala by giving a fall-back employment source, when other employment alternatives are scarce or inadequate.
'Skoch Award for Housing 2019' is an initiative to recognize and encourage the best work done by government bodies and organisations in providing housing to the country. These awards were a call to state governments, urban bodies, private sector and other service providers to nominate their best work in housing sector across categories such as rural housing, low cost housing, urban housing along with construction and infrastructure among other areas. Skoch award seek to assess and recognize the work done by the best in the business in this sector which will lead to better quality of life for people and better governance in the space resulting in easier access and good quality service delivery. Skoch Order of Merit constituted by Skoch Group, a think tank dealing with the socio-economic issues with a focus on inclusive growth since 1997.
Kudumbashree had recently bagged 7 Skoch Awards including Skoch Award for Corporate Excellence (Bronze) or Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDUGKY) and six Skoch Order of Merit Awards for Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDUGKY), Kudumbashree School Capacity Building programme for 43 lakh Kudumbashree NHG members, Kudumbashree Facility Management Center, Homeshop, Kudumbashree Women Construction Groups and Amrutham Nutrimix for qualifying amongst the Top Corporate Excellence Projects in India.