3 crore Lakhpati Didis must be created before 3-year deadline: Chouhan to officials

New Delhi, Jun 13 (IANS): Union Rural Development Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Thursday, told officials to work towards achieving the target of creating three crore Lakhpati Didis in villages ahead of the three-year deadline as part of a stepped-up action plan.

The Minister directed senior officials to take strong steps to strengthen women’s Self Help Groups (SHGs) in rural areas.

Chouhan, who is also the Agriculture Minister, said that he will soon hold a meeting with Rural Development Ministers of states to give impetus to the Lakhpati Didi initiative and discuss with Chief Ministers to sort out issues, if any.

Chouhan appreciated the efforts under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) and called upon the need for strengthening branding and marketing efforts for sale of products made by women’s SHGs.

Chouhan observed that these women once considered ‘un-bankable’ were the ‘lakhpatis of tomorrow’ and SHGs were well poised to solve the decadal problem of rural credit – a true example of women-led development.

The Minister was informed that during FY 2023-24, banks disbursed credit worth Rs 2,06,636 crore to over 56 lakh women SHG. This represented a five-fold increase in the number of SHGs annually credit linked and a nearly ten-fold jump in annual credit disbursement during the past 10 years.

Reviewing Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), the Minister observed that the scheme has been instrumental in changing the face of rural India and needs to be carried forward to facilitate the attainment of Viksit Bharat.

He directed that efforts should be oriented towards facilitating connectivity of 100 per cent rural habitations with all-weather roads. He appreciated the new measures taken for quality assurance of rural roads and desired that these be enhanced at all levels.

Chouhan also called for more coordination with the states for improving rural road maintenance in their entire design life. He directed that further measures be taken to strengthen the involvement of public representatives in the programme.

Minister of State for Rural Development Kamlesh Paswan, Secretary Shailesh Kumar Singh and other senior officials were also present during the meeting.



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  • Indian, Sharjah

    Fri, Jun 14 2024

    Lakhpati didis....do you mean they will not use the money for their daily expenses. Do you know, how much an avearage family spends in a month to survive? Try to create jobs for the unemployed men and women. Distributing tax payers money in alms for vote bank is not a permanent solution. This will only make them habitual of waiting for freebies and create no need to work culture.

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  • Bobato Charlie, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    Crores of lakks in the coffers of Shivraj Singh Chouhan!

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    Prajwal Revanna and Yeddy are already in mission mode in Karnataka. Again promises. What is your past track record??????……

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    Heng pung Lees are leading the country, punghi is the gift. Working middle class people are not able to save even Rs. 5000 even after monthly income of around 40K, with ever increasing household and fly expenses. They are fighting to pay the petrol bills of their 2wheelers, now becoming crore pathis would sound so sweet, they may end up losing even what they have it now.

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