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CM addresses NABARD Bank Linkage Program on Silver Jubilee of Women Self help Groups

Ranchi, Aug. 4: Praising the ‘woman power’ of Jharkhand, Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said the women of the state have set a precedent for the women of other states. “Whether it be agriculture, cottage industry or animal husbandry, women sakhi mandals have proved their worth everywhere. We are proud of them. In the next two and half years, the state will be the most developed state of the nation,” said the CM said while addressing NABARD Bank Linkage Program on Silver Jubilee of Women Self help Groups.

Das said the self help groups have given a new identity to rural economy. He appealed to all banks including NABARD to play their roles in the development of the state. “Poverty from the state will be eradicated in the next four years and all people will be brought above poverty line. Women’s participation in dairy farm, fisheries and animal husbandry will be ensured. The village coordinators will make group of 15 women each in 32,000 villages. These women will be trained and connected with employment strengthening 4,80,000 skilled women working professionally,” he said.
The CM said that there will be wide range of produce at village level and these products will be sold in domestic as well as international markets.

Jharkhand will prove to be a leader in the Make in India campaign. “Apart from blankets, towels and bed sheets, we should prepare enough khowa in Shravani Mela season so that we should not import from outside. 1 lakh self help groups will be digitalized. New technique can speed up the process of production and we will not fall behind in using them. The government will conduct a meeting of bankers with sakhi mandals after every six months,” he said.

The CM said that Swami Vivekananda believed that the country’s development was possible through the uplift of the poor, exploited and marginalized people of the nation. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also prioritized poor’s uplift as his prime agenda. Our govt. planned the outline of development from the villages. The common budget was made for common people. 364 buses will be run by SC, ST women strengthening rural transportation. He said that broking must be eradicated for development,” he said.

Addressing the program Development Commissioner-cum-Additional CS Amit Khare said the sakhi mandals need to be linked with credit and marketing. They play an important role in developing the society economically and socially.

State level SHGs, branch managers and dist mangers were felicitated and given appreciation letter during the programme.

CGM NABARD S. Mandal, Reserve Bank Regional Director P. Barla, SLBC GM Prasad Joshi and Swami Bhavesanand from Divyayan along with a number of SHGs were present on this occasion.

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