World bank team at state-level review meeting
Bhopal, May 10, 2012 (Abdul Ahad Farhan): A World Bank supervision team currently visiting Madhya Pradesh has described field work and activities of District Poverty Initiative Project (DPIP) as fruitful and encouraging. After visiting about half a dozen villages in the state, the team held a review meeting at Bhopal today where special emphasis was laid on qualitative constitution of self-help groups, skill development of Gram Uthhan Committee, systematic maintenance of records of constituted groups and efforts to link them with banks. Innovative measures adopted in the second phase of the project like drip irrigation system, cultivation of vegetables through poly mulching, paddy through SRI method and wheat through SWI method and efforts to encourage smokeless chulhas and increasing women’s participation were also lauded at the review meeting.
The team specially underlined efforts to be made to ensure benefits for women members of self-help groups in coordination with various State Government departments. The meeting was attended by World Bank Task Team leader Mr. Kevin Crock Ford, Mr. Winston, Miss. Makiko, DPIP Project Coordinator Mr. L.M. Belwal, other members of the team including Miss. Preeti Kumar, Miss. Shruti Gaur, Mr. Sauvik, Mr. Samik Das, Miss. Chatterjee and Mr. Varun Singh and coordinators of the state unit and district project managers.
Project Coordinator Mr. L.M. Belwal threw light on the project’s achievements. Information was given through a presentation that in the second phase of the project, 21 thousand 652 self-help groups and over two lakh 51 thousand women’s groups have been formed. Bank linkage of Rs. five crore 11 lakh has also been made by linking over 1,200 groups with the banks. So far, Gram Uthhan Samitis have been constituted in over 2,500 villages. The women’s groups have mobilized savings deposits worth Rs. 11 crore 72 lakh. Job offers have been given by various companies and institutions to more than 79 thousand youths at 158 employment fairs under job-oriented programme. Similarly, over two lakh youths have got employment in the army.