Srinagar, July 12: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Thursday interacted with the scores of Self Help Groups and beneficiaries of National Rural Livelihood Mission through video conferences across Kashmir Valley.
The Prime Minister interacted with the beneficiaries at almost all headquarters including Anantnag, Kulgam, Kupwara, Pattan and other places.
Expressing happiness in interacting with women from Self Help Groups, Prime Minister said that each member is an inspiring example of resolution, collective efforts and entrepreneurship. He said that women are enterprising, have enormous inner strength for self-reliance during odd circumstances, and they need only opportunities to perform. He added that it is impossible to imagine many sectors especially agriculture and diary, without the contribution of women. This is the true spirit of women empowerment all over the country.
A large number of women part of Self Help Groups and beneficiaries showed keen interest in the interaction.
Narendra Modi during the interaction said that Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Rural Livelihood Mission has been started in all states. He added that the aim of the scheme is to reach crores of poor households in 2.5 lakh gram panchayats and provide them sustainable livelihood opportunities. He also congratulated all States and Officials in the successful implementation of the scheme.
Talking about Self Help Groups (SHGs), Prime Minister said that Self Help Groups play a very important role in the economic and social advancement of poor, especially for women from rural strata of society. He said that the number of SHGs have quadrupled over the last four years compared to 2011-2014 period, generating employment and creating entrepreneurs in rural areas.
Some beneficiaries while talking to reporters after the video conference said that Jammu Kashmir State Livelihood Rural Mission is playing a key role in women empowerment and it has really helped hundreds of women to achieve desired results.
Some however, complained that processing takes a lot of time while any woman who want to start her own enterprise has to wait for months together for government approval. “I wanted to start a boutique but authorities at SLRM didn’t pursue my case at individual level. They take up cases in groups that is very time consuming,” said a beneficiary.
Mission Director, JKSLRM, Javaid Bakshi said that they are in touch with Central Government and efforts are on to pursue cases on fast track bases. “In order to generate more employment, we are keen to expand the circle of Self Help Groups in Jammu and Kashmir,” Bakshi said. (CNS)