UMEED: Secy RDD stresses enhancing livelihoods, developing capacity of community cadre

UMEED: Secy RDD stresses enhancing livelihoods, developing capacity of community cadre
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‘30,548 SHGs operational, 16,500 more to be constituted’

JAMMU: Secretary, Rural Development Department (RDD) and Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda on Monday said that the focus should be on enhancing livelihoods across saturated blocks, developing capacity of community cadre in local immersion sites and making community federation (VOs/CLFs) financially sustainable.
The secretary was speaking at a meeting to review the implementation of ‘UMEED’ Scheme under J&K State Rural Livelihoods Mission (JKSRLM), an official handout read.
Nanda asked the officials to gear up the pace of work at grassroots level and achieve the set targets within given time frame. “Self-help groups (SHGs) should be made self-sustainable as it is a revenue generating enterprise for stakeholders. It would provide women opportunity to participate actively and get engaged in manufacturing and distribution of products,” she added.
During the meeting, the secretary was apprised by Mission Director J&KSRLM, Abdul Rashid War about the implementation of scheme in the state.
According to the handout, the mission has covered all the 22 districts of the state covering 83 erstwhile blocks and has federated 27,7342 women into 30,548 Self Help Groups (SHGs). The mission is taking 30 additional erstwhile blocks and forming 16,500 (SHGs) in current financial year, it read.
The layering and enhancing of livelihood interventions and innovations like Mahila Kissan Sushaktikaran Paryojana (MKSP), Start Up Village Entrepreneurship Program (SVEP), Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture (CMSA), Aromatic Plant Cultivation, Soap units, Community bazaar, E –Marketing of SHG products, Formation of Producer Groups/Companies, Marketing of Apricots and walnuts, Co-opted “Looms of Ladakh” a women Cooperative of Ladakh, Ajeevika Gram Express Yojana was also revealed during the meeting.