Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today visited several stalls put up by the women members of Self Help Groups (SHGs) set up under Umeed scheme and interacted with them. These members had put up the stalls on the sidelines of a function organised by the concerned Department at SKICC, Srinagar.
The Chief Minister went round the stalls put up by these women and appreciated them for the good work they have been doing despite the hardships of life. She enquired from them about the marketing facility, availability of credit and raw material for their units.
The Chief Minister also listened to the stories of struggle of many of these women who braved the difficulties and established themselves as successful entrepreneurs.
Minister for Rural Development Department, Abdul Haq Khan; Secretary, Rural Development Department, Nirmal Sharma and other senior officers accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit.
The Chief Minister, however, expressed her disappointment over the poor arrangements made at the venue where around ten to twelve thousand women belonging to these SHGs from different parts of the Valley had come to meet the Chief Minister and interact with her.
Mehbooba Mufti expressed her disappointment to the organizers for the lack of basic facilities at the venue like drinking water, sanitation or medical help for the women who had come for the meeting.
Many women fainting at the venue due to nausea or lack of proper space for them of which the Chief Minister took a serious note.