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Delhi’s first women federation to come up at Najafgarh

Under this initiative, the government will help women generate sustainable livelihoods by providing credit and market linkages, suitable spaces, and social security by providing requisite training.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: August 6, 2022 6:25:52 pm
kailash gahlotDelhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot. (File)

The Delhi government has planned to create the city’ first ‘women federation’ in Najafgarh to empower and provide jobs and business opportunities to women.
Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, who also holds the Revenue portfolio, Friday held a meeting with 12 newly formed women self-help groups, comprising of more than 120 women, who will soon form Najafgarh’s first area level federation (ALF) under the National Urban Livelihood Mission scheme.

Gahlot said, “Under the leadership of CM Arvind Kejriwal, my vision is to create in Najafgarh, a women-led micro-enterprise hub to empower them by forming the first city-level women federation consisting of more than 1,000 women.”

Gahlot directed officers concerned to expedite the process of forming the federation and leverage financial assistance schemes to support the SHG to kick off sustainable micro-enterprises.

The minister added that this will also become the biggest micro-finance institution in Delhi: “Such institutions at grassroots are essential for equitable economic development and to strengthen democracy.”

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Under this initiative, the government will help women generate sustainable livelihoods by providing credit and market linkages, suitable spaces, and social security by providing requisite training.

Officials added that a city-level federation consists of 10 area-level federations, each of which will comprise 10 SHGs and each SHG will have a minimum of 10 members.

Besides, it aims to achieve universal financial inclusion, through the opening of basic savings accounts, building saving habits, and facilitating access to financial literacy, credit, affordable insurance, and remittance facilities, said an official, adding that this project is in line with the government’s ‘Rozgar’ budget which aims to create 20 lakh jobs over the next five years.

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Officials added that a city-level federation consists of 10 area-level federations, each of which will comprise 10 SHGs and each SHG will have a minimum of 10 members.

The revenue department further said that at present, a student team consisting of more than 70 students from College of Vocational Studies, Aryabhatta College, and Netaji Subhash University of Technology have decided to support the revenue minister with the scheme.

“I am glad to facilitate an opportunity for these 70 students. This will also encourage learning and build their entrepreneurial muscle, and hopefully after their graduation, they employ these learnings to become successful entrepreneurs and job-providers rather than job-seekers,” said Gahlot.

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First published on: 06-08-2022 at 01:50:26 am

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