Staff Reporter

Thrissur: The Kudumbasree Mission, the State government's women-oriented community-based poverty alleviation programme, has become the backbone of development activities in the State, Revenue Minister K. P. Rajendran has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating the district-level celebrations of the mission's 12th anniversary here on Friday.

Women empowerment

“The Kudumbasree movement has revolutionised the lives of women across the State. It has made fruitful interventions in almost all sectors. The mission's contribution in increasing paddy production in the State is remarkable,” he said.

He said that Kudumbasree was successful in addressing the basic needs of Kerala's underprivileged women.

“It empowered them to stand on their own feet and realise their individual potential to become part of the country's development.

The movement created a sense of self-esteem and an urge for economic independence in women,” he said.

Community structure

Started in 1999, with an objective of eradicating absolute poverty in 10 years, the Kudumbasree Mission has developed into a 38-lakh-strong movement, the largest community structure for women in the State.

Mayor R. Bindu presided over the function. Rajaji Mathew Thomas and C. Raveendranth, MLAs, District Mission Coordinator U. Geetha; Kudumbasree Governing Body member Fatima Adbul Khader and others spoke.

Six Community Development Societies – Nadathara, Velukkara, Varavur, Muriyad, Thrikkur, Annamanada – were honoured for their remarkable performances at the function.

Various cultural programmes were organised in connection with the celebrations.