ANDHRA PRADESH

CMEY groups on path of success

HYDERABAD, FEB. 26. Beneficiaries of the CMEY from different parts of the State narrated their success stories during video-conference at the Secretariat on Thursday.

Participating in the programme, which was telecast live through different Telugu channels, a girl from Ranga Reddy district, Nagalakhsmi, spoke of the marked difference in her life after being trained by CMEY groups. She was employed by the IMAX theatre management for Rs. 3,500 per month, a striking contrast to what she would have been otherwise, being confined to kitchen at home, the girl said.

The turnover made by Renuka of Chittoor district through her group touched Rs. 1.5 lakhs. She told the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, that she would further increase the jute bag output. The CMEY groups helped Rajesh in Visakhapatnam district in a different way. He was prepared for army recruitment. He was waiting for orders after being selected, he said, adding he was delighted for the opportunity to serve the country.

Similar were the stories of the groups from Srikakulam to Nellore and from Cuddapah to Adilabad.

There were two groups, the monthly turnover of which crossed Rs. 1-crore mark.

Mr. Naidu said India was endowed with rich natural resources and human resources and what was lacking was proper guidance and direction to the youth. He had launched new youth policy to fill this void with emphasis on skill improvement, character- building, dignity of labour, introduction of new technologies, `earn while you learn' concept, women involvement and social justice.