Reaffirming his government’s commitment to empower women by extending interest-free loans to self-help groups (SHGs) run by women and creating assured markets for products, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said malls would be set up to ensure SHG products find a permanent platform. “We have already earmarked land in Nagpur and Mumbai for setting up malls for women SHGs,” he said.
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In rural Maharashtra, where droughts result in hardships to farmers, the government has taken a policy decision to promote “bachat gats”, or women self-help groups. These groups can avail zero-interest rate loan for their entrepreneurship. What the groups produce would be provided assured markets. The rural produce would be promoted in urban markets, he said.
The schemes would be applicable across sections of urban and rural women. While emphasising on working towards socio-economic empowerment of women across sections in Maharashtra, he said, “We want a society where women live a life of dignity. She cannot become the victim of societal prejudice and dogmas often evoked in the name of laws or rules.”
“Our government is committed to translating the policy initiatives for women welfare into reality. Whether it is at home, workplace or society — women’s security is of utmost concern of my administration. Crime against women cannot be allowed…,” he said.