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MCC gives the machine to Jayalakshmi and her five friends

Mayor Gulzar Banu presenting the tractor keys to members of Sridevi Swasahaya Sangh in Mangalore on Monday.— Photo: R. Eswarraj
Mayor Gulzar Banu presenting the tractor keys to members of Sridevi Swasahaya Sangh in Mangalore on Monday.— Photo: R. Eswarraj

Jayalakshmi and her five friends from Sridevi Swasahaya Sangh in Padavinangady so far individually applied for loans to meet expenses of marriage and other household works. This time they have jointly gone for a loan to get a machine, which will help them generate income by taking help of their husbands.

The Mangalore City Corporation has given Jayalakshmi and her group a compressor attached to a tractor, which is used to cut stones and also to lay drains. “My husband has been working with a hired compressor for nearly a decade. He will be using it to generate income for us,” Ms. Jayalakshmi told The Hindu .

The corporation has given the compressor attached to the tractor under the Swarna Jayanti Rozgar Yojana scheme. Of the total cost of Rs. 8 lakh, the corporation has given a subsidy of Rs. 2.8 lakh and the Canara Bank Kavoor has given a loan of Rs. 4.8 lakh. Five women have pooled in Rs. 40,000.

Roopa Shetty, community welfare officer of the scheme, said this was the first time that subsidy had been given for purchasing a compressor. “We have been giving subsidy for fishing, tailoring and opening a beauty parlour. By financing the compressor, we are enabling women to involve men in generating income,” she said. As many as 40 self-help groups have been given assistance under the scheme so far, Ms. Shetty said. Ms. Jayalakshmi's husband Janardhan said it would be good to work with their own compressor. He had been hiring a compressor for Rs. 15,000 a month. “With our own machine, we hope to generate good revenue. But this will be only after we clear the loan in five years. The income we earn now will mostly go towards repayment of loan,” he said.

Mayor Gulzaar Banu handed over the tractor keys to Ms. Jayalakshmi and her team on Monday. City corporation Commissioner Harish Kumar K., and Lancelot Pinto, councillor, were present.

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