Rural Haat Scheme
Realising the fact that marketing has a crucial role in development of rural non-farm sector and rural haats being an integral part of a rural market system, it is felt that strengthening of these haats will have a positive impact on marketing of rural non-farm products. NABARD has, therefore, decided to support Rural Haats in all districts for development of infrastructural facilities in the existing/ new haats by providing grant assistance @ 90% of the total project cost with an upper limit of Rs.5 lakh per haat for minimum infrastructural facilities in the form of raised platforms with semi-permanenent roofing, sanitation arrangements, provision of drinking water, compound wall/barbed wire fencing, parking, notice board etc.
The grant assistance will be provided to GP, PACS, VBB, VDB, NGOs, SHGs and Federation having land on their own name or leased out to for longer duration for the purpose of setting up Rural Haat. The implementing agency have to contribute atleast 10% of the project cost.
The size of plot for setting up RH should be 1000 sq.mt. in plain area and 750 sq.mt. in hilly areas.
As on 31.03.2009 NABARD has sanctioned 101 RH with total grant support of Rs.330.81 lakh in 22 States.
Salient features of the scheme
- Project Holder - Gram Panchayat (GP), PACS, VBR, VDB, NGO, SHGs & Federations
- Project Components - Sufficient land owned by project holder, Compound wall with barbed wire fencing, raised platforms covered with semi-permanent/ permanent roofing, drinking water, sanitary arrangements, cycle stand, notice board.
- NABARD's Assistance - 90% of project cost or Rs.5 lakh whichever is less.
- Project holder share - At least 10% of project cost.