Woman Development and Child Welfare Minister V. Sunitha Laxma Reddy has directed project directors of District Rural Development Agencies to organise training programmes to the self help groups and department staff for effective utilisation of government schemes.

Addressing the conference of project directors from all 23 districts at the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty here on Friday, she said they should create awareness among women in rural areas to avail interest free loans. They should also be prepared to avail maximum loans from Srinidhi Bank.

Complimenting the project directors for exceeding the target in providing bank loans to the SHGs, she said Vizianagaram and Chittoor districts were leading in bank linkages. Every pension beneficiary should necessarily have an Aadhaar card, she said.