Shri Hardeep Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs has informed that till December 2017 a total of 2,45,348 beneficiaries have been assisted under DAY-NULM for setting up individual/ group micro enterprises. He was chairing the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) here today. Shri Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary and Shri Sanjay Kumar, Joint Secretary along with representatives from Central Ministries and State Governments were also present. During the meeting, it was informed that the total utilisation of funds by the States since 2014-15 is so far Rs.2149.37 crores. More than 3,48,200 SHGs have been dispersed loans under SHG-Bank linkage programme so far under the mission. A total of 13,259.33 crores is the amount of credit disbursed till December 2017. Beginning 2014-15, a total of 2,54,631 SHGs have been formed and 1,79,061 SHGs have been given revolving funds. More than 5.7 lakh street vendors have also been issued ID cards so far. While in Phase-I between 2014-16, 790 cities were covered under the DAY-NULM, the coverage has been expanded to include 4041 cities in Phase-II from 2016 onwards. Social Mobilisation and Institutional Development (SMID), Employment through Skill Training and Placement(ESTP), Self-Employment Programme(SEP), Shelters for the Urban Homeless(SUH) and Scheme for Urban Street Vendors(SUSV) are the key components of DAY-NULM. As part of the new initiatives, an MOU was recently signed with Allahabad Bank to set up an interest subvention portal. The software requirement specifications for the same have already been finalised and letters have been sent to States informing them about the proposed web portal for seeking their inputs. A Consultative Working Group of various stakeholders has also been formed to provide suggestions for the portal. Under PARAS – Personalised after training Rapid Assessment System which was launched on 5.12.2017, efforts are on to create awareness among the beneficiaries to enhance the feedback response.