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Over 3-crore poor rural women join Livelihood Mission

BHOPAL: As many as 3 crore poor rural women have joined National Livelihoods Mission in the country so far. These women are members of 25.66 lakh self-help groups and have saved Rs 5978 crore so far. Linkage of Rs 21,876 crore has been provided to SHGs during the year 2013-14.

This was informed at a 2-day national workshop on successful implementation of Bank Mitra Yojana by National Rural Livelihoods Mission. As many as 80 representatives of 17 states participated in it.

The workshop decided that states will chalk out action plans and policies to implement Bank Mitra Yojana to implement them. In entire country, over 5,000 Bank Mitras will be appointed till March during current fiscal. The Bank Mitras will ensure effective coordination between self-help groups, their women members and banks.

CEO of Madhya Pradesh State Livelihoods Forum LM Belwal informed that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had endorsed Bank Mitra Yojana at state level Bankers Advisory Committee on October 16, 2014. After scheme’s successful implementation in Madhya Pradesh, National Livelihoods Mission has decided to implement it in entire country and held this workshop in this connection at Bhopal.

Belwal informed that the mission has provided bank linkage of Rs 888 crore to SHGs in the state during year 2011-12 and Rs 263 crore to 2.20 lakh women members of 22,608 SHGs during 2013-14. During the current fiscal, bank linkage of Rs 115 crore has been provided so far to 9,04,224 women members of 10,626 SHGs. Availability of bank linkage and poor women’s economic uplift has proved very effective. Annual income of poor families linked with SHGs has crossed Rs one lakh.