New Delhi, July 12 (UNI) Expressing happiness in interacting with women from Self Help Groups of various states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that each member was an inspiring example of resolution, collective efforts and entrepreneurship.

‘Women are enterprising, have enormous inner strength for self-reliance during odd circumstances, and they need only opportunities to perform,’ Mr Modi said while interacting with members of Self Help Groups from across the country and beneficiaries of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana, through video bridge.

The interaction covered over one crore women representing various Self Help Groups.

Mr Modi said it was impossible to imagine many sectors especially agriculture and diary, without the contribution of women. This is the true spirit of women empowerment all over the country, he added.

This is the ninth interaction in the series by the Prime Minister through video conference with the beneficiaries of various Government schemes.

Mr Modi said Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Rural Livelihood Mission has been started in all states. The aim of the scheme is to reach crores of poor households in 2.5 lakh gram panchayats and provide them sustainable livelihood opportunities, he said.

Mr Modi also congratulated all States and Officials in the successful implementation of the scheme.

The Prime Minister said that Self Help Groups play a very important role in the economic and social advancement of poor, especially for women from rural strata of society.

‘The number of SHGs have quadrupled over the last four years compared to 2011-2014 period, generating employment and creating entrepreneurs in rural areas. In three years between 2011 and 2014, only five lakh SHGs were formed covering 52 lakh families whereas additional 20 lakh SHGs covering 2.25 core families were formed since 2014,’ he said.

The Government was also providing training, financial assistance and opportunities to promote SHGs throughout the country, he said, adding that through Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojna, training has been given to over 33 lakh women farmers.

‘At present there are 45 lakh SHGs with active participation of around five crore women all over rural India.

‘Special attention is given to skill development of rural youth through Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana. Training is given for employment as well as self-employment to meet the aspirations of youth for a better life,’ he added.

About 28 lakh youth have been trained in skill development through 600 Rural Self-Employment Training Institute and around 19 lakh have been employed.

During the interaction, Prime Minister talked about the importance of value addition and value chain approach. He urged the SHGs to register in the Government e-Market Place (GeM) to sell their produce.

Interacting with the Prime Minister, the members shared their experiences and success stories associated with SHGs.

The Prime Minister appreciated how poor women with their self-confidence and strength fought against all adversities. Women beneficiaries also explained how SHGs have ushered in a positive change in their lives.

He asked the beneficiaries to send their success stories with photos along with their ideas through Narendra Modi App.

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