A 10-member team from Himachal Pradesh, led by its Minister for Rural Development Minister Anil Sharma, visited Wayanad district over the last two days to study the functioning of Kudumbasree Mission at the grassroots level.

The visit was conducted as part of implementing the National Rural Livelihood Mission in Himachal Pradesh. The team comprising J.C. Chauhan, Director, Rural Development; Robin George, Project Director, National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM); B.K. Sharma, State Coordinator, Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana; Sudheer Chander Kapoor and Vishal Chandel, technical experts, NRLM; and Kulveer Singh Rana, Subhash Gautham, Rajesh Diman and Rajendra Singh Jaswal , project officers of District Rural Development Agency; visited five grama panchayats — Nenmeni, Ambalavayal, Edvaka, Padinjrethara and Panamaram.

Joint meetings

They attended joint meetings of panchayat board members and members of Community Development Societies of the Kudumbasree Mission.

The delegates interacted with them on various schemes being executed jointly by the two bodies for achieving social justice, welfare, and empowerment schemes for women, especially women in rural areas. They also discussed the successful implementation of various schemes and projects by the Mission alone.

The team visited joint liability groups, agriculture farms, food processing centres and micro enterprises of Kudumbasree units, and other project of the Mission such as the Balasabha and Kaivilakku projects for the welfare of Scheduled Tribe children, as well as Kudumbasree units for tribeswomen.

Talking to The Hindu after the visit, Mr. Sharma said the Kudumbasree Mission in Kerala had set a model for other States to emulate by successfully implementing such a comprehensive project for empowerment of women with active support of three-tier local administrative bodies.

‘Though the women in our State are hardworking in nature, we are yet to execute any poverty alleviation projects for them in Himachal Pradesh, except the MGNREGS,” Mr. Sharma said.

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