G. Prabhakaran

The Rs.45-crore scheme puts women on the road to empowerment Helps in empowerment of women

  • Rural micro-enterprises help eradicate poverty
  • Leased land cultivation through Kudumbasree

    PALAKKAD: The implementation of the Rs.45-crore Rashtirya Sam Vikas Yojana (RSVY) scheme has helped develop a number of rural micro-enterprises for poverty eradication and empowerment of women schemes in the district.

    The RSVY (Development and Reform Facility) scheme ending in March this year was a new initiative of the Planning Commission implemented in 100 districts in the country during the 10th Five Year Plan period.

    The main objectives of the scheme were to address the problems in relatively backward districts, especially low agricultural productivity, unemployment and critical gaps in physical and social infrastructure.

    The scheme was implemented in the district during the last three years.

    As part of the RSVY scheme, rural micro-enterprises and leased land cultivation schemes were implemented through Kudumbasree.

    The objective of this project was poverty eradication and empowerment of women from poor families through promotion of sustainable micro-enterprises and leased land farming. It was a "dream come true'' to the Kudumbashree women who belong to the lowest strata of society. Cultivation of their own economic growth could not be thought of as this segment was devoid of their own land holdings.

    When this component was introduced under RSVY, women came forward to take land on lease for cultivating paddy, banana, tapioca and vegetables.

    During the last three years, 892.26 hectares were brought under cultivation and 9,625 members benefited from it. Despite the physical labour involved, this new venture enabled women to adopt cultivation.

    Under the rural micro-enterprises and leased land cultivation by Kudumbashree, an amount of Rs.347.74 lakh was released to the implementing agency.

    The physical achievements of the scheme were that 183 batches were given training for skill upgradation, benefiting 17,906 persons. Four hundred and sixty-five micro-enterprises (1,963 members) were give assistance and 978 neighbourhood groups were provided with revolving fund.

    Under this scheme Rabbit breeding was undertaken in Tarur Panchayat by 126 families.

    The project took off in March, 2005, and till January 2007, rabbits were sold thrice for Rs.98,000, Rs.1,68,000 and Rs.2,50,000. The average earning per family was estimated to be Rs.2,000 per month.

    Novel venture

    This novel venture was a model one and was replicated in various panchayats of the district.

    Another novel project under RSVY was the Shakti Hollow Bricks started by five housewives pooling Rs.5,000 each to start manufacturing of hollow bricks.

    The project was given Rs.50,000 subsidy under the RSVY scheme against a borrowing of Rs.1 lakh from the banks.

    Now they have a machine of their own and are in the process of purchasing their own land. Their products have good orders and the groups were marching ahead to the road of success.