Vijayawada, December 25: Nearly 7 lakh women self-help groups in Andhra Pradesh are helping to improve rural economy in the state.
Started with small number of women in the villages, now these women groups emerged as a strong power to carry out various self employment and development programmes with the initiative of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
It may be noted that three women self-help groups of Andhra Pradesh received awards from central government for their self sustaining measures.
The Santi Gramabhivruddhi samsta of Kurnool received best grama samsta puraskar. Santi Mahila Sangham of East Godavari and Madhavarajula Mahila Sangham of Anantapur and Meera Mahila self help group of Kurnool received the awards along with cash prize of Rs one lakh. Union Minister for rural development Narendra Singh Tomar presented the awards in a function held at New Delhi recently.
Chandrababu Naidu has been making efforts to strengthen the self-help groups by using their services for several development works and implementation of welfare programmes.
The Madhavarajula self-help group of Siddapuram village in Bukkaraya Samudram mandal in Anantapur district started in March 1998 with 13 members. This group achieved self sustaining through their savings and bank loans by carrying out various development works. This group members proved they are capable of doing any thing right from maintaining dairies to JCBs and earned good revenue. The group’s bank balance stands at Rs 3,19,988 by March this year.
The Srinivasa self help group of Bhairavapalem in I Polavaram mandal of East Godavari district formed in 2003 started self employment programme along with their savings and bank loan and able to increase their bank balance to Rs 8,06,000.
The Meera self help group of Hussainpuram village of Orvakal mandal in Kurnool district stated in 1999 is able to run a mini bank along with their savings and bank loans.
Besides achieving financial freedom, these women groups also taken up several programmes for the benefit of the society. The Ketavaram grama samkya of Kurnool district prevented illicit liquor, constructed check dams, roads and set up vermin compost plants.