first_imgKolkata: North 24-Parganas district administration is keen on improving the socio-economic condition of the people involved in various Self-Help Groups (SHGs).The district administration has chalked out an elaborate plan for the development of infrastructure so that more people can be inducted into various Self-Help Groups, thereby strengthening the socio-economic condition of people in the rural areas.It may be mentioned here that after coming to power, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has laid enormous stress on the formation of various SHGs in the villages, so that the rural youth become self-reliant. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe district sets a target of linking nearly 25,000 SHGs with banks. According to sources in the district administration, around 20,000 SHGs and bank credit linkages are on the verge of completion, while 5,000 new linkages are yet to be done.The scheme has got an impetus after the Chief Minister, during her recent administrative meeting, instructed the administrative officials to ensure that more SHGs get bank loans.The district also has a plan to distribute Kishan Credit Cards (KCCs) among 1.69 lakh people across the district. Sources said that more than one lakh KCCs have already been distributed, while the rest will be covered this year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe average credit limit for each individual is around Rs 43,000, an official said.The district administration is on constant touch with the banks and other financial institutions, to ensure that the farmers are not denied loans.It may be mentioned that there were some allegations that the distribution of KCCs and also the credit linkages were not satisfactory and there was a delay in the whole process.The district is encouraging people to get involved in bee-keeping, poultry farming, or preparing various handicrafts through the SHGs. There is a plan to impart training on beekeeping among unemployed rural youth, particularly in Bongaon and Basirhat sub-divisions. The youth would be trained by forming small groups. According to the plans, the district horticulture officials would conduct awareness campaign among rural youth, to encourage them for bee-farming. It would also convince the people to take up bee-keeping as an occupation to increase agriculture products.Bee cultivators would soon get their identity cards. The scheme would not benefit the poor beekeepers but it would increase the overall production of honey.The state Horticulture department would ensure that beekeepers get a good price for their produce in various state government markets.last_img

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