[Assam] 85, 000 SHGs transforming Assam's rural economy (The Economic Times, 27 May, 2008)
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85,000 SHGs transforming Assam's rural economy:
27 May, 2008, 0958 hrs IST, PTI
GUWAHATI: Assam's rural economy is undergoing a silent revolution with more than 85,000 Self-Help Groups (SHG) playing the role of a vital catalyst.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that already 85,000 SHGs have been set up throughout the state generating considerable level of self-employment but there was, however, scope for more such SHGs.
''The spark of a silent revolution has already been ignited by mobilising a sizeable section of the rural populace and motivating them to march on the road to economic emancipation through capacity-building measures and setting up of SHGs'', he said.
The primary aim of setting up SHGs was to address the problem of rural employment which had led to disillusionment among the youths who took the path of militancy but now even educated unemployed rural youth and women are equipping themselves to take up income generating activities by organising themselves into SHGs, Gogoi said.
The major areas in which SHGs have been formed are agriculture, pisciculture, handloom, poultry, and dairy. Over 25 per cent of the SHG members earn in the range of Rs 2000 to Rs 3000 per cent while 18 per cent earn an average of Rs 5000 per month and another 18 per cent earn less than RS 2000 per month.
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(The Economic Times,27 May, 2008)
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