BMC accelerates the empowerment process of women

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While the government is talking about women’s empowerment and its implementation at field level in various forums; the same has become a niche for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC). Consistent efforts by the city government have included women in development initiatives to create space for their income generation and thus promote their empowerment.

BMC has ensured women’s participation in sanitation, environmental protection, beautification, construction, revenue collection, and recreational activities; said Mayor, BMC Sulochana Das.

In order to reduce the income gap and create earning opportunities, Mission Shakti treats women’s self-help groups (SHGs) and Area Level Federations (ALFs) as implementation partners in various projects. This is an indicator of empowerment; She added.

Mukhya Mantri Karma Tatpara Aviyan (MUKTA), a flagship program of the state that involved 623 SHGs in its implementation in BMC. MUKTA’s rainwater harvesting project has 3,083 implementations with more than 500 SHGs as implementation partners. Other projects include an open-air roadside gym, parking lot development, sidewalk development, a playground and pond renovation.

SHGs were commissioned with work orders as implementation partners. This has become an empowerment process that promotes financial education and income generation for women.

Women’s participation in hygiene spearheaded urban civilization. Micro-composting centers (MCCs) and material recovery facilities (MRFs) have been operational since last year. A total of 117 SHGs and five Area Level Federations are deployed to promote and administer the entities as Swcha Sathis and Swachha Karmis. More than 600 women are currently in charge of the units.

On the other hand, SHGs also manage Colony Parks. Out of 77 parks, 40 are run by female SHGs. In addition, 67 SHGs are responsible for revenue collection and another 67 groups do the work of Jala Sathi. In fact, it is a pleasure for them to help manage the sludge treatment plant and collect the utility bills. They are also involved in the administration of the Aahar Center.

According to the data, around 1000 SHGs have contributed to their family income as implementation partners in various projects.

BMC has 5,032 registered women’s SHG groups. Of these, 3,757 have already received a revolving fund of Rs 10,000 each. Various business loans have been disbursed to 3658 groups through the bank account, which has promoted entrepreneurship and self-reliance among group members.

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