Trivandrum: Kudumbashree Mission, the Kerala Government’s flagship poverty elimination programme, is all set to celebrate its 16th anniversary in a grand way. Addressing a press conference, Minister for Panchayats & Social Welfare, Dr. M K Muneer gave details about the various programmes to be held in Thiruvananthapuram from August 12-14, 2014.
Announcing the new initiatives of Kudumbashree, the Minister said that individual and group insurance schemes for Kudumbashree members would be launched soon. “Discussions are also in progress for introducing pension schemes for its members. Kudumbashree members are doing business worth Rs. 2,000 crores including micro-financing projects, which is an achievement in itself. We will be bringing all the products produced by Kudumbashree under a single brand. It may be noted that Banks have provided loans worth Rs. 750 crores to Kudumbashree members and this reflects the credit worthiness of its members”, he added.
The Minister also said Kudumbashree is ready to take up cultivation on private land but this requires legislative changes. The strawberry cultivation in Idukki is a big success. The Cafe Kudumbashree project is being relaunched as Cafe Shree at 20 places. Micro-level planning programmes at 4,285 tribal hamlets and 100 community kitchen to provide basic food in tribal areas are also in the pipeline. Kudumbashree members will be actively taking part in Operation Kubera, Urjashree, Health and Nirbhaya Keralam projects. Kudumbashree Travels is a profitable business and a success story.
K B Valsala Kumari, Executive Director of Kudumbasree said that the Mission is all set to make a foray into the education sector by launching four community colleges with courses meant exclusively for the members of Kudumbasree. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be signed with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, for the first college.
The second college would be launched in association with the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) and Kerala Agricultural University (KAU). The third college would conduct courses in automobile and construction, and the fourth would be in general administration.
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