Rural development campaign to expand self-help group footprint

As of August 31, over 8.5 million families have been linked to 78.33 lakh SHG under the scheme

As of August 31, over 8.5 million families have been linked to 78.33 lakh SHG under the scheme

In a bid to increase the coverage of self-help groups, the Ministry of Rural Development on Friday announced a nationwide campaign to accelerate the inclusion of women who are excluded from the self-help group (SHG) umbrella under of the Deen Dayal Upadhyay National Rural Livelihood Mission.

As of August 31, more than 8.5 million families have been linked to 78.33 lakh SHG under the scheme. Rural Development Secretary Nagendra Nath Sinha said that during the campaign, women’s institutions in each village would organize a social mobilization event where each member would bring a friend or neighbor who was not a member of the SHG. The campaign also specifically targeted women living in remote gram panchayats.

The ministry also announced that the campaign aims to give structure to self-help groups by involving them in higher level federations – tier two village organizations and tier three cluster federations. The idea was to develop community-run institutions that could take the lead on issues of livelihood and social development.

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