Punjab’’s rural womenfolk gaining empowerment with self employment scheme

March 15th, 2009 - 10:42 pm ICT by ANI  

By Avtar Gill
Abohar, March 15 (ANI): To enable rural girls to become self-reliant, the Department of Science and Technology in association with the North India Technical Consultancy Organisation Ltd (NITCON) has organized special training camps in Punjab.
The initiative has helped young girls and women in rural parts become independent in life.
Kiranjeet Kaur of Village Khionwali in Muktsar is one such example. While being occupied with household chores, she always wished to be financially independent.
Her dream came true after she took training in stitching at a camp organized by North India Technical Consultancy Organization (NITCON).
Today, she earns about 250 rupees a day by stitching clothes at home. With the passage of time, she has become confidant about running her own dress-designing boutique one day and expanding her horizon on life.
In the present scenario, it is very difficult to get a job, so its better to start a business on your own. Moreover, if I am earning, I dont have to be dependent on anybody at home. I dont need to ask for money. I have applied for a loan with which Ill take a shop and expand my business., said Kiranjeet.
To make women self-reliant in the villages is an endeavor of the Department of Science and Technology, which along with NITCON organized a three-month training camp here.
During training sessions, trained instructors teach the student girls and married women about stitching clothes, school bags and toys.
At village Khionwali in Muktsar, some 30 women are being trained free of cost.
Married women in rural Punjab now want to be self-reliant and earn money to educate their children for a better future. The scheme has brought about a kind of a revolution.
Girls have to move ahead. Earlier, not all parents used to send their girls out but now they are intelligent enough. They dont mind sending their girls out because now there is no difference between girls and boys. Only a girl or a woman can take proper care of a family. Men get addicted to bad habits and then women have to bear all the responsibilities of the family and children. So its necessary for women to become self-employed, said Manpreet Kaur.
After training, girls can form their own groups to produce clothes, school bags and soft toys.
NITCON also helps them to get easy loans from the bank and makes them aware about other government finance schemes. A proper help in marketing by NITCON enables them to sell their products at good prices.
There is a general belief that by and large rural women, despite having so much potential to perform, lag behind in life only because of not having proper training to create, unawareness of market trends and lack of required capital to finance their plans.
But with encouraging initiatives like of Department of Science and Technology in association with NITCON, can make a big dream of women in rural parts of the country a reality. (ANI)

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