Staff Reporter

A unit of Lakshmi Seva Sangam

Services of SHG members roped in

DINDIGUL: Lakshmi Seva Sangam, a Siddha medicine manufacturing unit, has opened its second sales outlet roping in self-help groups for marketing at Kamalapuram village here on Friday. (First sales centre was opened at Purasaiwalkam in Chennai last week)

Inaugurating the centre, Khadi and Village Industries Commission Director M.T. Wakode said that the main aim of this outlet was to propagate the value of Siddha medicines among rural mass and to sustain and develop traditional Siddha medicines. Already, the LSS has created a common facility centre at its production unit to help SHGs.

Besides, the KVIC will assist in production, product development, marketing and capacity building under Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI).

The KVIC has been implementing a similar project in Karaikudi also. A total of 500 artisans and women in Kodai, Athoor, Theni and Andipatti blocks will benefit, he added.

“I will visit the areas and meet SHGs to know the performance and benefits enjoyed by people under this scheme on March 17 and 18.”

In his special address, LSS secretary K. Siva Kumar said Mullai SHG, one of the 35 groups developed by it under SFURTI. Scope for traditional medicines in rural area was very bright.

A doctor will visit the sales outlet once in 15 days to treat patients at the village and nearby areas.

More over, people at Kamalpuram may contact LSS Siddha clinic at Gandhigram for free treatment at any time. Our aim was to make the SHGs stand on their own legs, he added. Credit linkage was given to this SHG for working capital.

Gandhigram Trust secretary M.R. Rajagopalan said the trust had created a synergy through SHGs. Such measure ensured better livelihood of the people.

Later, State Bank of India Branch Manager Sivanandha Doss offered financial assistance to SHG members.