On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, on Monday, conferred National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) National Awards to the women self-help groups (SHGs) and village organisations (VOs) promoted under DAY-NRLM. The awards are intended to provide public recognition to the outstanding performance of the community institutions.
Thirty SHGs and 10 VOs from various states were shortlisted for the NRLM National Awards. However, keeping in view the current situation arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was hosted virtually. SHG women from more than 650 locations across various states were connected during the live streaming of the programme. A select number of awards (4 SHGs and 2 VOs) were given away to the awardees who could physically attend the programme. The awardee SHGs and VOs members who came to collect the awards at the event are.
- Rinku, Reena and Deepika from Jiwan Jyoti SHG, Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh
- Sangeeta and Mamta Saini from Nari Shakti SHG, Bijnore, Uttar Pradesh
- Jharna Dhariya, Antee Kharat, Sayari Dawar from Navdurga SHG, Alirajpur, Madhya Pradesh
- Gheesi and Mani from Kalyan SHG, Rajasthan
- Savita Sunil Meda, Ganga Meda and Mala Ram Meda from Unnai VO, Madhya Pradesh
- Sunitha and Raj Bai from Nari Shakti VO, Rajasthan
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Rural Development, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti stressed on women’s self-dependence by undertaking livelihood interventions being offered through the DAY-NRLM platform. She also exhorted the women SHG members to have confidence in themselves and never give in before adverse circumstances. Perseverence will always bring success.
Nagendra Nath Sinha, Secretary, Rural Development emphasised the need for connecting all households under DAY-NRLM with at least one livelihood interventions for their social and economic upliftment. He lauded the efforts of SHG women in fighting against the pandemic by undertaking innovative solutions such as mask and sanitiser production, community meals system among other activities. He further added that the community based organisations (CBOs) which have been awarded should help in cross learning and sharing of their success stories with other CBOs and members.
Alka Upadhyaya, Additional Secretary, Rural Development said that DAY-NRLM covers more than 7.3 crore women who have been organised into their institutions and supported for credit linkage and livelihoods activities. She also lauded the SHGs for the exemplary work done during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event witnessed the launch of 4 e-books showcasing thematic collection of success stories and case studies.
e-books that were launched at the event
- A compendium of Livelihood Best Practices
- A compendium of FNHW case studies
- Covid-19 response by Women SHG warriors
- Culinary Wonders from Grameen Bharat
During the NRLM) National Awards Select community resource persons (CRPs) (4) and Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) trained candidates (4) shared their experience of being on the platforms of DAY-NRLM and RSETI and coming out of their abject poverty by utilising the knowledge and resources provided over to them.
Community speakers at the event
- Maneka Barik (Sakra, Muzaffarpur, Bihar): Working as FNHW-CRP
- Divya Devi (Bharno Block, Gumla, Jharkhand): Working as BC Sakhi
- Ranjan Kanwar (Rajsamand, Rajasthan): Working as Farm Livelihood CRP
- Rabbo Begum (Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh): Working as CRP-EP under SVEP
- Radhika Devi: Tailoring entrepreneur after being trained at RSETI, Varanasi, UP
- U. Harini: Sustainable and hygienic sanitary pad manufacturing after receiving EDP training at RSETI Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu
- Rajani Devi (Hazaribagh, Jharkhand): Pashu Mitra, trained at RSETI Bokaro
- Saranya: A trainer at RSETI Karur in Tamil Nadu
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