Jammu and Kashmir News
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 16: Jammu & Kashmir Women Development Corporation shall establish a jute bank at Kathua that will help Self Help Groups (SHGs) and women beneficiaries connected with manufacturing of jute products to avail raw jute easily.
This was revealed in the 21st Board of Directors’ meeting of J&K Women Development Corporation held here today under the Chairmanship of Minister for Social Welfare and Forests Mr. Bali Bhagat.
Minister of State for Social Welfare Ms. Asiea Naqash was also present in the meeting.
Establishment of the said bank would go a long way to give boost to the manufacturing of jute products in the State.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister called for strengthening the Corporation through vigour steps. He said the Corporation is responsible for helping the needy women by extending soft loan facilities to them to help establish and run their own income generating ventures, moreover helping in employment generation.
The Minister asked MD WDC to prepare a vision document to define various activities required to be carried out by the Corporation in next five years. He also asked the concerned to prepare a project report for construction of multi-storey hostels for working women in each district.
Ms. Asiea Naqash stressed need for reviving idle CIC units in Ganderbal on PPP mode. She said it would help enhance skills of artisans. She also called for organizing awareness programmes to help sensitize women folk about various schemes offered by the corporation.
Giving detailed overview of activities of the Corporation, Managing Director, J&K Women Development Corporation (WDC) Dr. Nahid Soz informed that the Corporation has supplied 3.73 lakh Jute Parshad Bags worth Rs 58 lakh to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. The Corporation has market tie-up with the Shrine Board for supply of such Bags that are prepared by women beneficiaries, she said and added that the Corporation organized 29 mega fairs and exhibitions across the country to provide market to the products prepared by the beneficiaries.
It was given out in the meeting that the Corporation has provided Rs 21.76 crore as soft loan to 1340 women beneficiaries for carrying out various entrepreneurial activities under Empowering Skilled Young Women scheme which has helped provide employment to more than 4000 women. The Corporation has disbursed loans amounting to Rs. 90 crore among 14000 women beneficiaries under National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation, National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation and National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation, besides Rs 3 crore as loan to Self Help Groups covering around 3000 women beneficiaries, the meeting was informed.
The Board also confirmed the Minutes of last Board of Directors meeting. The issues regarding construction of JKWDC complex at Bemina, release of funds for implementation of Empowering Skilled Young Women, women community halls under Swayamsiddha Scheme, application of J&K Civil Services Special Provision Act 2010 to the employees of Corporation, outsourcing of recovery agents and drawal of 20 per cent arrears on account of 6th pay Commission for the year 2014-15 in favour of corporation employees were discussed threadbare.
Among others, Commissioner Secretary, Finance Mr. Navin Choudhary, Secretary, Social Welfare Mr. Sanjeev Verma, Directors on Board Ms. Updesh Andotra, Ms. Bipna Manhas, Ms. Haleema Begum and representative form Planning & Development Department attended the meeting.