Modi says Self Help Groups play important role in economic, social advancement of poor

Modi hails contribution of Self Help Groups
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Self Help Groups (SHGs) play a very important role in the economic and social advancement of the poor, especially women in the rural areas.
Interacting with members of SHGs across the country and beneficiaries of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana (DAY) through a video bridge, he said the number of SHGs had quadrupled over the last four years compared to the 2011-2014 period, generating employment and creating entrepreneurs in rural areas.
In three years between 2011 and 2014, only five lakh Self Help Groups were formed covering 52 lakh families whereas an additional 20 lakh Self Help Groups covering 2.25 core families were formed since 2014, he said.
The interaction covered more than one crore women representing various SHGs.  This is the ninth interaction in the series by the Prime Minister through video conference with the beneficiaries of various Government schemes.
Commending the work undertaken by SHGs, Mr Modi said each member was an inspiring example of resolution, collective efforts and entrepreneurship. 
“The women are enterprising, have an enormous inner strength for self-reliance during trying circumstances and they need only opportunities to perform. It is impossible to imagine many sectors especially agriculture and dairy, without the contribution of women. This is the true spirit of women empowerment all over the country,” he added.
He noted that the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Rural Livelihood Mission has been started in all states. The aim of the scheme is to reach crores of poor households in 2.5 lakh gram panchayats and provide them sustainable livelihood opportunities.
Mr. Modi said the Government was providing training, financial assistance and opportunities to promote SHGs throughout the country. Through Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojna, training has been given to over 33 lakh women farmers. At present, there is 45 lakh Self Help Groups with the active participation of around five crore women all over rural India.
Mr Modi said special attention is being given to skill development of rural youth through Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana. Training is given for employment as well as self-employment to meet the aspirations of youth for a better life. 
About 28 lakh youth have been trained in skill development through 600 Rural Self-Employment Training Institute and around 19 lakh have been employed. 
During the interaction, the Prime Minister talked about the importance of value addition and value chain approach. He urged the Self Help Groups to register in the Government e-Market Place (GeM) to sell their produce.
Interacting with Mr Modi, the members shared their experiences and success stories associated with Self Help Groups. He expressed appreciation for the poor women, who with their self-confidence and strength, fought against all adversities.
The women beneficiaries also explained how SHGs have ushered in a positive change in their lives. The Prime Minister asked the beneficiaries to send their success stories with photos along with their ideas through Narendra Modi App.
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