NABARD should make Women Self-Help Groups’ efforts more effective

Governor Smt. Patel at 38th Foundation Day programme of NABARD
Bhopal, July 12, 2019 (Muslim Saleem): The Governor Smt. Anandiben Patel while addressing the 38th Foundation Day programme of National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Develeopment said that NABARD has an importnat role in rural development and farmers’ welfare. Improvement in living standard of villagers and farmers is only possible when they also take up animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry and other small and cottage industries besides farming.
Mentioning about Balaghat Women Self-Help group, the Governor said this group has opened a bank account by saving about Rs. 4 crore through its own efforts. Considering this as an extraordinary example, NABARD should encourage women self –help groups working in rural areas. She further stated that development is incomplete until women power is not connected with the development of the country. The Governor emphasised to provide better health services to women along with their social and academic development.
2 lakh farmers linked with E-Shakti Project
The Minister for Agriculture Development Shri Sachin Yadav informed that loan upto Rs. 3 lakh on zero percent interest is being given by NABARD in rural areas. Where there is no bank, finacial activities are being carried out by postal bank. Data of all the farmers and self-help groups of the state are being collected on portal by E-Shakti Project. As many as 2 lakh members of 19 thousand farmer groups have been linked till now with E-Shakti project.
Financial Assistance of Rs. 20 thousand 800 crore provided by NABARD
The Chief General Manager of NABARD Shri S.K. Bansal informed that the bank, established on July 12, 1982 is observing its 38th Foundation Day today in the form of Krishak Utpadak Sangathan. The NABARD has worked constantly since the last 38 years for empowering farmers and villagers. The goal of NABARD is to enhance the economic standard of small and medium farmers by organising them. Moreover, the bank has started making efforts to connect farmers with other activities besides farming. He informed that a finacial assistance of Rs. 20 thousand 800 crore has been provided to the farmers in the year 2018-19 by the bank. This will be extended more next year.
Women Self-Help Groups honoured
The Governor Smt. Anandiben Patel honoured NABARD sponsored self-help groups, Falam Sampada Utpadak Sangh of Tamia-Chhindwara, Naman Orange Pharma Company- Pandhurna (Chhindwara), Pashupalan Company of Pandhana (Khandwa), Gupteshwar Swawlambi Kisan Pharma Company of Harda, Krishsak Utsav Pharma Company of Hoshangabad along with Smt. Radha Jodha-Dewas and Smt. Gulnaz of Ujjain with mementos and citations for their outstanding works. Moreover, the Governor also honoured Bank of Baroda and Madhya Pradesh Regional Rural Bank with mementos and citations for financial assistance. Smt. Patel distributed books and fruits to the school students.
The Additional Chief Secretary Animal Husbandry Shri Manoj Shrivastava, Regional Director of RBI Shri Vivek Agrawal, General Manager of SBI Shri Koushik Sinha and General Manager of BSNL Shri Mahesh Shukla were present at the programme.