In Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha’s presence, an event for women entrepreneurs was organised by the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Rural Livelihood Mission at the lawns of the Sheri Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) on Wednesday.
On this very event, Lt Governor e-inaugurated and laid down the foundation stone for New District Rural Haats across J&K, and all the women entrepreneurs were encouraged to use that facility.
The Lt Governor expressed that the nation is immensely grateful and feels proud of the women entrepreneurs in J&K who, with their dedication and creativity, are contributing to a great extent to the rural economy.
They have played a vital role in distant rural areas of the union territory (UT) and have kept the socio-economic progress in motion, and have helped the government to reduce the inequalities prevailing in society and are becoming contributing factors for employment and equity, the Lt Governor added.
The Lt Governor also pointed out the reforms which are being implemented by the government in order to recognise the leadership potential in women and provide them with opportunities, so that they can develop their personal growth. He further said that initiatives like Saath, Hausla, Umeed, and Tejaswini have provided women with financial liquidity.
A combination of technology, market dynamics, and financial inclusion is leading to the transformation of women's self-help groups (SHGs).
The Lt. Governor said women entrepreneurs have successfully carved out a niche for their own products in the global market and are also providing employment opportunities to other women.
At present, five lakh women are involved with 56,000 self-help groups. In 2022, aid will be granted to 1.5 lakh women entrepreneurs.
He also emphasised identifying 75 financially independent women entrepreneurs from Rural Livelihood Mission Self-Help Groups. On 15 August, 2022, these women will be honoured and their work will be acknowledged.
As part of his announcements, the Lt Governor released a catalogue of self-help groups and a Jammu & Kashmir State Rural Livelihoods Mission (JKRLM) gift basket. As a part of the celebration, the Lt Governor distributed micro ATMs and commended the top performing Sakhies.
Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, promised that the government would make arrangements for government departments to purchase SHG products.
Indu Kanwal Chib, Mission Director, JKRLM, explained the initiatives taken to provide assistance and support to small- and medium-sized enterprises. The Mission Director of JKRLM, Indu Kanwal Chib, reviewed the initiatives taken to facilitate rural women's entrepreneurship and SHGs.
A district-wise packaging unit is being set up by the Rural Livelihood Mission to cater to the better packaging of products produced by SHGs. Additionally, the Start-Up Village Enterprise Program will set up 2600 individual businesses, in addition to a ‘Micro Food Processing Campaign’ for women entrepreneurs, according to the announcement.
Before inspecting the live stalls, the Lt. Governor met with the SHG groups.