The “Skill India” mission was set in place by the Narendra Modi two years ago and has been fast-tracking development in the nation ever since. It is a program that understands the need to make use of the abundant labor force we have at our disposal, in a manner that uplifts their standards and raises the country’s level of development as well. The idea remains simple – give a man charity and he’ll survive for a week but teach him a skill and he will earn a livelihood. Today, on July 2015, we celebrate the two-year anniversary of Skill India and its continuous success.
Self-help Groups (SHGs) is a group of 10-20 members who work independently in order to become self-sufficient. The role of self help groups in community development found its roots in Grameen Bank model, Bangladesh (1970s) and since then the whole concept of SHGs is working in making women more productive in work front at power with men. These SHG are even called by Swayam Sahita Samuh.
Such Self Help Groups have various methods under which it works. For example: inter loaning among members, rules made by the members for proper functioning of the group, proper book keeping of credit and debit etc. Members make small regular savings contributions for few months for the group they are part of until enough capital is stored for the group to begin lending. The most significant feature of such groups is ‘linkage’ with the banks for delivery of micro-credit. In laymen language, micro-credit refers to small loans given by the group members to one another at bad times and to meet credit needs.
They may be registered or unregistered. It is basically a homogeneous group where members belonging to same backgrounds and interests come together for achieving the sole interest of empowerment and saving little sum of money to meet the emergency needs. They pool their resources to become financially stable, taking loans from their groups and make everybody in that group self-employed. There is strong procedure for repayment among group members.
This move of forming and promoting Self Help Groups has reduced the gender inequalities prevailing in country. With the central and state Governments, NABARD is extending support for women SHGs as a strategy for women empowerment. Important policy initiatives has been taken in this regard that includes- promotion of groups under Development of Women and Children in rural Areas(DWACRA), South Asian Poverty Alleviation programme(SAPAP) assisted by UNDP under Dhaka declaration.
The SHGs by providing access to financial services and informing the women members about the numerous welfare programmes is truly empowering by involving women in several activities and also making them understand about the market workings. This way it is addressing the gender issues of economic development in India in best way possible. The women involved have learned to manage money and use it in worst situations. Hence, financial empowerment is taking place where women are more aware of financial knowledge and are seen as women entrepreneurs. Thus, the concept of SHGs is being promoted by government and presently, also among rural women. The status of power and position that was lacking for women since independence have now been covered up and this was possible only with the initiation of the concept self-help groups.
To promote harmony between man and nature and adopt a holistic approach towards health and well-being, we celebrate International Day of Yoga on 21 june, 2015. The roots of Yoga Day can be traced back to Prime Minister Modi’s address to the UN in September 2014, where he said,” Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies the unity of mind and body, thought and action.”
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Today’s day is dedicated to honoring mothers and celebrate motherhood. A day to say thank you to our mothers. A mother, right from the time she conceives, she protect, care and guide her child in the path of life. The epitome of love and relationship between a mother and a child is undoubtedly the purest of all.
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“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them, at least, as it was handed over to us.” Mahatma Gandhi
Earth our only home is in danger. As a result of global warming there is a rise in the earth’s temperature and oceans and atmosphere is heating up, glaciers are melting, hurricanes are occurring while there are certain areas that are facing drought condition.
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Ever wondered if the delicious food you had just cooked could do you harm? Probably not. Most of us believe that it is only un-hygienically cooked food we eat outside that causes us to fall sick. But in reality our home cooked food also can make us fall seriously ill.
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“Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink”
When Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the 17th century wrote this line in his poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, he was only describing the plight of the mariner in the midst of the sea. However this line seems to have found relevance and a new meaning in today’s date. Water scarcity as well as safe drinking water is a grave situation that the world is facing and needless to say demands attention from all.
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