SHG success tales enthuse YSR
Chief Minister promises Rs. 1, 00,000 crore for SHGs in five years
SHGs got Rs. 1,100, 2,300, 3,200 and 6,500 crore in the last four years
This year, SHGs get Rs. 11,500 crore, says Chief Minister.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had a lively interaction with the representatives of village and mandal-level SHGs at the ‘Rayalaseema Pranteeya Mahila Sadhikarata Sadassu’ held here on Saturday.
He suggested the women to draw inspiration from their colleagues who achieved a phenomenal success and emulate them.
About two-hour long interactive session commenced with Anuradha from Uravakonda explained about the different activities of individual group, village and mandal samkhyas.
The Chief Minister said 104 services were already introduced in Kadapa and Chittoor districts in Rayalaseema and it would be introduced in all districts by January 2009.
He said the SHG women had better awareness than others about different government schemes and services.
He made one Alivelu from Arikela in Chittoor district how ‘pavala vaddi’ would make a difference in meeting their financial needs.
As per pavala vaddi (3 per cent interest) one had to pay Rs. 300 interest on a loan of Rs. 10,000 per annum and Rs. 2,400 at 24 pc rate (Rs. 2 interest).
Explaining her role as a community resource person(CRP) Rahamat Bi of Orvakallu in Kurnool district said she had trained women not only in three other districts in the State but also in Rae Bareli area of Uttar Pradesh.
Praise for CRPs
The Chief Minister complimented the efforts of such CRPs stating that they were creating awareness to drive away poverty and the State was proud of them.
The success story of Janakamma of Siddarampuram in Bukkaraya Samudram mandal in the district inspired the CM himself prompting him to refer her example several times during the meeting.
“I did not get much benefit from the activity till 2003, but from 2004 onwards the activity changed the destiny of my family. I availed loans up to Rs. 3 lakh and got two sons educated.
One son completed ICWA and is earning Rs. 42,000 a month in Hyderabad and another Rs. 8,000 a month as a CRPF jawan now”, a proud Janakamma explained.
The Chief Minister said they were planning to extend a financial assistance of about Rs. 1, 00,000 crore to SHGs in the next five years by bringing about one crore women into the movement. Minister for Rural Development G. Chinna Reddyalso spoke.
The zilla samakhya leaders of the four Rayalaseema districts were made to sit in the front row on the dais along with the Chief Minister.
Students protest at YSR’s meeting
Agitate against the notification of very few posts in the DSC-2008
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Saturday warned the students and youth resorting to inhuman practices like ragging and harassment of girls. The government would not remain a mute spectator to such incidents and the elements involved in the incidents would be dealt with sternly.
Speaking at an interactive session with students, organised as ‘Vidya sadassu’ here, he said that seniors should never take advantage of their seniority to harass the juniors either in the name of ragging or anything other.
Even as the Chief Minister arrived on to the dais, a section of students who were qualified as language pundits, raised slogans in protest against the notification of very few posts in the DSC-2008, when a large number of qualified youth were available in the State and a large number of vacancies were also there. They displayed hand bills written with slogans explaining injustice being done to them.
The Chief Minister called a representative of the language pundits on to the dais immediately and stated that the problem had already come to the notice of the government and he had discussed it with the education department officials. A GO would be issued in a couple of days notifying more posts of language pundits for DSC-2008, he assured them.
He also explained how the State government was working for the welfare of the youth by filling vacancies in various departments by activating the APPSC and also training the youth under Rajiv Udyoga Sri. The students from reserved and economically backward classes were being helped to pursue higher education by reimbursing their fee, he noted.