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NEW VENTURE: Social Welfare Minister Poongothai and Kurian Thomas, director, Asha Nivas centre, at the inauguration of a community development centre in Kannagi Nagar Extension, Okkiam Thoraipakkam, on Saturday. Photo: Shaju John
NEW VENTURE: Social Welfare Minister Poongothai and Kurian Thomas, director, Asha Nivas centre, at the inauguration of a community development centre in Kannagi Nagar Extension, Okkiam Thoraipakkam, on Saturday. Photo: Shaju John

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They will continue to flourish with State support, says Minister

Asha Nivas has set up development centre in Kannagi Nagar Extension, Okkiam ThoraipakkamMinister pledges support of the department to furthering the welfare of women and children

CHENNAI: The Government will strengthen the existing self-help groups (SHGs) and create new ones, Minister for Social Welfare Poongothai said at the inauguration of a Community Development Centre for women here on Saturday evening.

Asha Nivas Social Service Centre, which has implemented other livelihood and education projects in Kannagi Nagar, a relocation site for around 2,000 tsunami-affected families, has set up the development centre in Kannagi Nagar Extension, Okkiam Thoraipakkam.

The centre is intended to provide training for women to find livelihood and employment and help them to set up enterprises on their own.

Infrastructure

It provides space and infrastructure for the 100 SHGs supported by Asha Nivas to run a bakery production unit. The products would be marketed through the around 1500 SHG outlets in the city. Asha Nivas has also proposed to set up a food and spices processing unit to provide more income-generation. Professional social workers and a group from the Nava Jeevan Vikas Secular Institute would guide the project.

Dr. Poongothai reassured the gathering that women SHGs would continue to flourish with governmental support in the State.

She pledged the support of the department to the furthering the welfare of women as well as children.

She inaugurated the units at the Centre. Kurian Thomas, director, Asha Nivas, A. Neethinathan, Bishop of Chingleput, and Lawrence Pius, auxiliary bishop of Madras-Mylapore, participated in the event.

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