Ranchi, Sep 15: Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that the state government was going to constitute an authority under Rural Development Department for empowering women.
Das said Khasmahal lease renewal issue will be resolved by 15th November. Transmission lines will be made intact and Palamu will be supplied with electricity round the clock by 2017, he said.
The CM was addressing a conference of Palamu division level women self help groups (SHGs) in Medini Nagar Police Stadium when he made this announcement.
The CM said that the national ratio of loan return was 50 per cent in villages whereas 95 per cent loans taken by SHGs were returned.
He said many women won the election against 33 per cent seats in Panchayati Raj institutions reserved for them. As per a report, husbands of these women are interfering with their work which is not tolerable. Let the women get acquainted with the Panchayati Raj system, he said.
Expressing concern over low number of SHGs in Palamu, the CM said that very soon 40,000 new SHGs will be formed in three districts. He said that government wanted to get works like agro-husbandry, lift irrigation, fisheries and forestry carried out through women SHGs. He appealed to women to participate in Gram Sabha meetings and interfere if it becomes necessary. Entry of middlemen can be stopped through the positive approach of the SHG members alone, he said.
The CM announced to give Rs 1 lakh reward to the performing SHGs and village organizations from his own discretionary quota of funds. He said that poverty eradication was his priority and women SHGs were working seriously.
On the demand of SHGs, the CM announced to provide them with newly constructed Gram Panchayat buildings for meeting.
By December this year, 4402 panchayat buildings will be made and by December 2017, they will be connected with Internet, the CM iterated what he said yesterday.
Chief Secretary Raj Bala Verma said that SHGs were changing the unproductive ambience and developing the society. The government will focus on each suggestion of the women SHGs and make policies accordingly. She said that cottage industries should be promoted. Women have developed psychologically and skillfully. She said that that the concept of ‘Didi Market’ has come from an SHG where things produced by women SHGs will be sold.
Development Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary Amit Khare said that on seeing the interest shown by women, the government had decided to increase bank linkage fund from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh after the second year and Rs 2 lakh after the third year. He said that state government will expand micro finance in its next budget. Referring to the meeting with Sanitation and Drinking Water Secretary, he said that the State government was committed to sort out drinking water scarcity issue and will take step in this direction.
RDD Principal Secretary N. N. Sinha said in his welcome speech that women have heralded a social change and stopped the middleman.
The SHG women shared their experiences and submitted a memorandum to the CM. Cheques bearing amounts of Rs 2 crore, Rs 87 lakh and Rs 50, 000 were also delivered to the SHGs by the CM in the form of bank linkage. Health Minister Ram Chandra Chandravanshi also addressed the conference.
Palamu MP B.D. Ram, MLAs Hare Krishna Singh, Alok Chourasia, PDS Secretary Vinay Kumar Choubey and Panchayati Raj Secretary Vandan Dadel were also present in the conference.