Ekta SHG among 34 Best Performing SHGs under DAY-NRLM

Gangtok, 14 Jun:

Ekta Self Help Group of Khamdong Block, East Sikkim has been conferred with National Award under the Best Performing SHGs and Village Organisations [Federation] category for the year 2017-18 under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihood Mission [DAY-NRLM].

Union Minister of Rural Department, Narendra Singh Tomar, presented a cash award of Rs 1 lakh and a certificate on 11 Jun at Delhi in recognition of the outstanding performance of Ekta SHG, a press release informs.

It may be mentioned here, DAY-NRLM was launched in 2011 and has been implemented for the last seven years by all States and UTs with financial assistance and technical support of the Ministry of Rural Development [MoRD]. Promotion of sustainable livelihoods for the rural poor is the top priority of the Mission. In Sikkim, the mission was implemented in 2015-16.

The mission seeks to organize all the rural women into SHGs and their federations which in turn are expected to facilitate institutional credit and services for diversifying the livelihoods of the poor.

The DAY-NRLM has instituted a sub-scheme of “National awards to Best Performing SHGs and Village Organisations [Federation]” to encourage and motivate SHGs to improve their performance. The awards are conferred on outstanding SHGs and Village Organisations annually. The SHGs are selected on the basis of key performance indicators.

For the year 2017-18, 34 outstanding SHGs were selected from 20 states with Ekta SHG from Sikkim securing the National Award for the Best Performing SHGs and Village Organisations [Federation].

It is to be informed that the mission is being implemented in North and East Districts of Sikkim by State Rural Livelihood Mission [SRLM], under Rural Management Development Department [RMDD] in a phased manner since 2015-16 and up to 2017-18, all the 14 blocks have been covered for implementation.

The total number of SHGs in these 14 blocks organised under SRLM stands at 1675 SHGs as of now out of which 525 SHGs have been formed in 07 new blocks and the process of formation is still in progress. SHGs in the old 07 blocks have been supported with Revolving Fund at Rs 15,000 per SHG and Community Fund at Rs 50,000 per SHG for taking up various livelihoods initiatives.

The various thematic training and capacity training programmes that SRLM continues to give by engaging resource persons from both within and outside have also helped them understand how to build a strong institution for themselves, earning them a National Award, the release mentions.