J&K LG Launches Rural Women’s Business Acceleration Program SAATH
Srinagar, September 1 (PTI) Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha on Wednesday launched a business acceleration program for rural women SAATH.
As part of the Jammu and Kashmir Rural Livelihoods Mission initiative, women entrepreneurs in SHGs will benefit from mentoring and support through intensive training and capacity building workshops to develop their business enterprises. .
Up to 5,000 women will participate in entrepreneur workshops, 500 will benefit from enterprise scale training and 100 will be selected for enterprise mentorship under the SAATH initiative, said an official spokesperson.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lieutenant Governor noted that the specially designed “SAATH” platform will be a major contributor to the socio-economic improvement of women in rural and semi-urban areas.
In addition to making business ecologies thrive in rural areas, the Rural Livelihoods mission program will encourage existing businesses to become sustainable and high productivity businesses through training, mentorship and business linkages, he said. added.
Calling economic independence a key indicator of women’s empowerment, the Lieutenant Governor observed that the UT government’s goal is to make J&K women job creators rather than job seekers. employment and increase the contribution of women entrepreneurs to the GDP of the Union territory. .
“We are seeing a steady increase in the number of women entrepreneurs at J&K. Likewise, young entrepreneurs transform society in many ways and ensure economic security and prosperity for others.
“They are our role models and not those who shed the blood of innocent people and engage in senseless violence. I call on women entrepreneurs to show these misguided people the right and virtuous path, ”he said.
Sinha reiterated the government’s commitment to providing access to capital, quality mentoring for retraining, acquiring new skills and helping women entrepreneurs in SHGs reach new markets.
“We have taken a holistic approach to develop an ecosystem of women entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate, invent to grow businesses and create a strong female workforce,” he added.
The UT government is strengthening bottom-up structures for women and youth to create super-empowered individuals in Jammu and Kashmir. Their aspirations are more integrated than ever with national aspirations. They have the resources to build smarter businesses and shape the community around them in extraordinary ways, the lieutenant governor observed.
He said that with initiatives like Saath, Umeed, Mumkin, Hausla and Tejaswini, we are making women socially and economically independent.
“Women entrepreneurs can trigger a more vibrant economy and an inclusive society,” he added.
Highlighting the transformation that JKRLM programs are bringing to the lives of rural women in Jammu and Kashmir, the lieutenant governor said that the inclusion of four lakh women from more than 48,000 self-help groups with easy access to capital had revolutionized female entrepreneurship at the local level. . Women should become a visible workforce now.
“We need to involve more women in non-farm work, in addition to paying special attention to areas where they can gain maximum economic freedom and business opportunities. The gap between paid and unpaid work can also be fulfilled with the IPS – Identity, Productivity and Security strategy, “he added.
To help the growth of SHGs at the local level, the lieutenant governor suggested policy interventions by ensuring that district and block offices, schools and blocks procure a fixed quota of goods from self-help groups.
He advised JKRLM board members to focus on branding, packaging and especially brand positioning of SHG products.
Attractive packaging, effective brand positioning, licenses required for OTC sales are some of the basic necessities to give them a competitive edge in the market.
“You have the most difficult task of identifying consumers to connect with your brand, but it is not impossible. The workshop should aim to provide 360 degree training in branding and marketing.
“It’s also important to harness the power of social media and e-commerce. The digital space can create a widely available market base for rural women entrepreneurs, ”said the Lieutenant Governor. PTI MIJ BAL
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