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Atmanirbhar Narishakti Se Samvad

Atmanirbhar Narishakti Se Samvad:

Prime Minister (PM) of India participated in ‘Atmanirbhar Narishakti se Samvad’ and interacted with women Self Help Group (SHG) members promoted under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).

Highlights of the Conference:

  • The PM lauded the Self-Help Groups of women for their unprecedented services during the Covid-19 period.
  • For example, women’s unparalleled contribution in making masks and sanitizers and providing food to the needy and spreading awareness.
  • The PM released support funds to SHGs, for PM Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PM FME) Scheme and for Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs).
  • The PM also announced that now the limit for loans available to SHGs without guarantee has been doubled to Rs 20 lakh.
  • In the pursuit of making the country free from single use plastic, SHGs can play an important role.
  • SHGs can raise awareness about single use plastic and work for its alternative.
  • In this context, SHGs can take full advantage of the online Government e-marketplace.

About Self-Help Groups (SHGs):

  • SHGs are informal associations of people who choose to come together to find ways to improve their living conditions.
  • It can be defined as a self governed, peer controlled information group of people with similar socio-economic background and having a desire to collectively perform common purpose.
  • Villages face numerous problems related to poverty, illiteracy, lack of skills, lack of formal credit etc. These problems cannot be tackled at an individual level and need collective efforts.
  • Thus SHG can become a vehicle of change for the poor and marginalized. SHG relies on the notion of “Self Help” to encourage self-employment and poverty alleviation.
  • In 1999, Government of India, introduced Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) to promote self-employment in rural areas through formation and skilling of SHGs. The programme evolved as a national movement in 2011 and became National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM).