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SKDRDP project office in Mysore

Mysore, May 17, 2012, DHNS: 22:39 IST
Regional director of Sri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project A Shrihari said the project is extended to Mysore and regional project office would be inaugurated on May 18 by MLA H S Shankaralingegowda.

Addressing a press meet here on Thursday, he said the organisation is working in all villages of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu, Shimoga, Chikkamagalur, Dharwad, Haveri, Gadag, Belgaum and Tumkur through its field staff. It primarily promotes pragathibandhu self help groups.

Explaining model of pragathibandhu, he said it is an unique concept where small and marginal farmers form neighbourhood SHGs which involves weekly labour sharing activity day ian which members help each other in performing farming functions.

They even engage themselves in thrift and credit practices. “Social empowerment, transfer of agriculture technology, farm mechanisation, visiting successful farm units, movement against abuses, promotion of hygiene, health and education, participating in Panchayat Raj institutions are some of the features of the model. It even prepares individuals farm plans for implementation of various developmental activities like agriculture, irrigation, housing.”

He said SKDRDP has promoted 1,69,321 SHGs comprising of 18,81,296 families so far and has successfully implemented several unique activities like micro finance, social forestry, watershed activities, eco friendly energy programme,health insurance, livlihood programme, awareness against alcoholism, educational programmes etc. 
Shrihari said that most of all the existing programmes would be implemented in 240 panchayats, six municipal councils, three town municipalities of Mysore district.

About 500 workers throughout the region would be designated for various programmes. “It is planned to promote 21,500 SHGs comprising 2,500 pragathibandhu SHGs involving 27,500 families. Tackling plans would be given importance in drought prone areas by introducing watershed programmes and focussed livlihood activities including dairying, fruit and floriculture and other activities.”

He called upon disadvantages sector of society to make use of the plan. “About 16,000 women SHGs with 1,60,000 members would be promoted who would take up self employment activities. All programmes will be implemented within seven months in Mysore with the first two months concentrating on group formation.”

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