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Post at: Sep 21 2021

Saath initiative

Recent Context

  • On 1st September 2021, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched Rural Enterprises Acceleration Programme titled 'Saath' for Self Help Group Women.


  • There are nearly 48000 SHGs in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Four lakh women are connected to these Self-Help-Groups.
  • This initiative will stress on mentoring and market linkages of products created by these women.
  • The aim of this initiative is to create 11000 more SHGs in the coming years.


  • It will transform the lives of women.
  • It will also make them independent and strong in social and financial aspects.
  • It will accelerate the livelihoods of rural women.
  • It aims to teach women such skills and convert their businesses into Higher Order Enterprises.
  • The training will be provided to ten different sectors, such as :


Advantages of SHGs

  • Despite advantages, it has some problems in  its functioning.
    • Patriarchal mindset does not allow women to come forward.
    • The deposits are not safe or secure, as it works on mutual trust.
    • There are less number of banks in rural areas.

Path forward

  • There is a need for monitoring cells to be established for SHGs across the country. The government should create a supportive environment for the upliftment and development of the Self-Help Group's movement.

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