Empowerment of women through Sugrama project

Priority to solid waste management; 5,000 families are covered under the project in DK and Udupi districts

The Sugrama project, initiated by Jan Shikshana Trust in association with Hunger Project, is targeting 15 gram panchayats in the district to empower women through training sessions.

Speaking on the occasion, trust Director Krishna Moolya said the project was initiated in 2012 covering 37 taluks in 13 districts. In Dakshina Kannada  district, three taluks are covered. In Udupi district, one taluk is covered, Moolya added.

 He said priority has been given to solid  waste management and as many as 5,000 families are covered under the project in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. Plans have been also chalked out to introduce solar lights, he added.

Moolya said the programme aims at empowering the gram sabhas thereby ensuring the participation of women in large numbers.  Special women sabha and ward sabhas are also being held. The project also aims at transforming Anganavadi centres into development centers, he stated.

He added that the government schools are also targeted for betterment.  He said the health committees will be set up and attempts will be made to improve the basic infrastructural facilities of primary health centres. There are also plans to lend help to the women who are victimised and are subjected to domestic violence, he said.

He said Sugrama also aims at effective implementation of the Centre-sponsored Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).Sugrama Udupi president Prabha B Shetty said the leadership training has helped immensely in creating awareness on cleanliness.

She said she now utilises her knowledge earned through the programme to create awareness among the masses on various issues of social causes.

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