PM Modi Interacts With SHGs, Says Financial Independence Must to Empower Women

New Delhi, July 12: In his interaction with over a crore women who are part of Self-help Groups (SHGs), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday financial independence was necessary to make a woman assertive and empowered. He said women, with their diligence, persistence, and collective effort, were an inspiration.

Modi said it was heartening to note that women had a sizeable presence in all sectors today. “Agriculture and dairy sectors cannot flourish without women,” he said. Underlining the importance of SHGs, he said they were a boon for entrepreneurs, and especially women. “These groups help the poor, especially women,  become economically aware and strong,” he said.

Under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), said Modi, the aim is to reach out to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats and in turn, crores of poor, rural families by providing them with means of employment. He said it has been launched in all the states.

The network of SHGs has spread throughout the country, and the government was providing them with the necessary training, financial aid and opportunities, said Modi. Taking the example of Bihar, Modi said over 2.5lakh members of SHGs there had learnt better ways of paddy cultivation after being trained.

Likewise, in Chhattigarh, 122 outlets had been opened in 22 districts where 220 different products of SHGs were being sold, said the PM. Women associated with SHGs in different parts of the country interacted with Modi via video-conferencing and shared with him how their lives had changed for the better.

Some of the projects which the beneficiaries are involved in are the anti-alcohol movement, maize value chain and marketing from Bihar, brick-making unit from Chhattisgarh, and tamarind value chain and marketing and a beneficiary from Jharkhand. They all come under DAY-NRLM, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana and Rural Self Employment Training Institutes.

Meanwhile, in Kolkata, local BJP leaders alleged that they were not allowed to screen Modi’s interaction. “We had organized a screening in Bhawanipur area but we were stopped by some people. TMC workers are behind this as they don’t want the programme to be screened,” alleged party leader Locket Chatterjee.

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