UDHAMPUR: Members of Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Udhampur district got a Community Sales Outlet on Thursday in the main market wherein the members can showcase and keep their products on sale. The sales outlet will help the members to sell their products and earn their livelihood in the vicinity of their dwellings, an official handout read.
The sales outlet was inaugurated and dedicated to the members by Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice Abdul Haq Khan.
According to the handout, the minister said the space will allow the members of the SHGs to sell their products in the market in the vicinity of their dwellings.
He said, “Earlier the members would restrict their sales to exhibitions and other festivals but with the availability of a showroom in the main market the members will be able to put their products on sale throughout the year.”
In the sales outlet the women have put vegetables, fruits, milk, home-made pickles, handicrafts and handloom products, dry fruits, sweets, poultry products, etc. on sale, which are produced by the women of SHGs themselves, the handout read.
The minister said the formation of SHGs has been a grand success in the state as it has positively helped in the economic development and upliftment of women folk.
He said, “Women engaged with the SHGs have been able to contribute in the family income and in many cases have been gone ahead of their male counterparts in the monthly income.”
The minister reviewed the functioning of State Rural Livelihood Mission in Udhampur District. He was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Udhampur Ravinder Kumar, Additional Director SRLM (Jammu) Kapil Sharma, ACD Udhampur and other senior officers of the district.
The department has covered 83 Gram Panchayats of 3 blocks of the district covering 12,499 households. The total capitalisation involved in the district SHGs is Rs 4.74 crore which includes the revolving fund of Rs 1.63 crore and 3.11 crore, further read the handout.
2,782 households are involved in agriculture activities, while as 1,350 households deal with livestock and dairy farming and 580 families deal with poultry. 1096 families are involved in other activities including petty shops, tent houses.
The handout further read that Umeed scheme has been encouraging all SHG women members to open an individual bank account and till date it has achieved 89.14 percent progress in the span of three years. Out of 7,840 SHG members, 6,989 members have their own individual accounts, the handout out added.
The minister also distributed certificates among Self Sustained Village Organisations and Self-Help Groups.