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Scheme to provide platform for women SHGs launched

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Suresh Saturday launched a scheme with an objective to provide a platform for women Self Help Groups (SHGs), and a competition to boost at the district level in

The scheme, 'Hirkani Maharashtrachi', and 'District Plan Competition' will be driven by the State Innovation Society (MSInS), which comes under the state departments of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, with execution support from the respective districts.

Addressing Collectors of all 36 districts of through a video conference, said, "Under the 'Hirkani Maharashtrachi', women's SHGs will pitch their plan at taluka level".

Ministers of State, district guardian ministers, MPs, MLAs and Zilla Parishad presidents from respective places also attended the video conference.

"Altogether 10 groups will be selected from each taluka and Rs 50,000 will be given to each SHG to implement their idea while five SHGs at district level will be selected and Rs 2 lakh will be given to each SHG to take the idea forward," the said, adding that the scheme will be completely backed by the

He also underlined the importance of women's participation in implementing the scheme.

According to a legend, 'Hirkani' was a milkmaid who lived at the base of the during the times of Chhatrapati Shivaji. She is known for climbing down the vertical Raigad cliff to breastfed her baby.

Under the District Plan Competition, competitors at district level will pitch ideas, out of which five ideas will be selected from agriculture, social service, and miscellaneous categories, and work order worth Rs 5 lakh will be given to the five selected ideas, said.

He said such ideas could not be materialised in the past due to lack of funding and platforms.

"Through these schemes and competition, the best ideas will be shortlisted and such entrepreneurs will be given work order by the government," he said.

Assuring the Centre's support for the programme, Prabhu said the winners of the District Business Plan competition will get a chance to interact with Narendra Modi, and Vice

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 14:15 IST