Thanks SHG women for taking the State to a high position
ERODE: Self-help groups as a movement was founded and nurtured during Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regimes, Minister for Local Administration and Rural Development M.K. Stalin has said.
Participating at a function organised here on Tuesday to distribute revolving fund to SHGs and welfare assistance to beneficiaries, he said, “The DMK Government, in 1989, started SHG as a movement to help women gain economic independence and improve social condition.”
“The Government started the movement not for political gain, nor electoral benefits,” he said and added that in the past, though, the SHGs were misused for political gains.
To drive home the point that the present DMK Government cared for the SHGs, he said, “The Government, soon after assuming office brought back the training fund from Rs. 7.50 to Rs. 45.”
He also said that the Government, in response to feedbacks from the groups, expedited disbursement of ‘revolving fund’ subsidy to the 1.5 lakh graded groups, by incurring an expenditure of Rs. 150 crore.
Mr. Stalin then thanked the SHG women for taking the State to a high position in women development.
“Your repayment per cent at 99 is the highest.”
He said Tamil Nadu had 3.702 lakh SHGs, of which 19,619 were of youth. As many as 59.25 lakh women were involved in group activities. In Erode, 2.60 lakh women were associated with 16,392 groups and their total savings was worth Rs. 71.17 crore.
In the past two years in the district, the Minister said, 1,465 groups had been created and loans of Rs. 49.18 crore disbursed. He then said the successful implementation of the Re. 1 a kg rice scheme and Rs. 50 a pack spices scheme was the Government’s answer to critics.
Union Minister of State for Textiles E.V.K.S. Elangovan urged the officials to take benefits to people. He came down upon the District Rural Development Agency for not submitting a report on the failure to implement waste land development programme.
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan said the SHG movement had liberated the women.
Congress MLA from Modakurichi urged the State Government to implement the Rs. 700-crore scheme to discharge textile effluents in to the sea.
State Minister for Highways and Ports M.P. Saminathan, DMK District Secretary N.K.K.P.Raja, MLAs from the district and district officials participated in the programme.