SHG observes Girl Child Day

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: The role of self-help groups in empowering women was highlighted at a meeting organised to mark National Girl Child Day in the city on Saturday.

Addressing the gathering at the meet, organised by Padmashree Doctor Sarojini Varadappan Mahalir Sangam, a coalition of SHGs, Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation G.K.Vasan and Electricity Minister Arcot N.Veeraswami appreciated the SHG women members for their entrepreneurial skills.

Highlighting the importance of the Day, Mr.Vasan said Indira Gandhi was sworn in India’s first woman Prime Minister on January 24, 1966.

He said that the Centre had opened 54 gender budgeting cells across 54 Ministries and departments.

“In 2008-2009, Rs.11, 460 crore was set aside for schemes meant for women’s empowerment,” he said.

“For SHGs, Rs.500 crore was allocated and funds to the tune of Rs. 240 crore were made available under the Rashtriya Mahila Kosh,” he said.

Mr.Veeraswami underscored the transformative role SHG women played in society. “When women get together, they improve everything starting from their street to the village,” he observed.

Member of Parliament B.S.Gnanadesikan appreciated the progress made by women in the wake of favourable laws and policies.

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