Staff Correspondent

Government to appoint consultants there

  • Sites for complexes identified at 20 district headquarters
  • Rs. 2 lakh released for the setting up of each complex

    DAVANGERE: Director of the Department of Women and Child Welfare A.K. Monnappa has said that marketing complexes will be set up in each district to promote the goods made by women self-help groups (SHGs).

    Mr. Monappa told presspersons here on Thursday that the Government would appoint marketing consultants to help the SHGs advertise their products effectively, develop entrepreneurship and marketing skills among their members and promote brand names for their products. He said the Government would take care of the payment of salaries to these consultants.

    He said that sites for the proposed marketing complexes had been identified at 20 district headquarters and the sites at the remaining districts would be identified soon. The construction of the complexes would commence shortly, he said.

    Mr. Monappa said Rs. 2 lakh had been released for the development of each of the 20 complexes and the amount for the remaining complexes would be mobilised from the MPLADS (MP's Local Area Development Scheme) funds and MLAs' funds.

    He said the Government had taken a keen interest in promoting women's SHGs to empower women. He said each SHG had been given a training kit worth Rs. 600 and they would also be given a revolving fund of Rs. 5,000 each.

    He said there were over 1,20,000 SHGs in the State that employed over 20 lakh women. The SHGs had made savings of around Rs. 400 crore and had availed loans from different banks to the tune of Rs. 450 crore.

    Bhagyalaksmi scheme

    Mr. Monappa said over 1,11,000 newborn girls from below-poverty-line (BPL) families had already been identified as beneficiaries under the new Bhagyalaksmi scheme, for which the Government had earmarked Rs. 234 crore. He said the Government had proposed to allocate Rs. 10,000 for each beneficiary. On completing 18 years, the girls would be given the corpus fund, which they could use to either continue their education or settle down on their own. He said the scheme was another effort by the Government that aimed at improving the socio-economic status of women.

    He said the Government had identified two financial institutions in which to deposit the funds for the scheme, and another institution would be chosen at the next Cabinet meeting.