Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura
The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the 29th of August 2021 inaugurated ‘My Pad My Right’ (MPMR) project at Killa village in Gomati district on the last day of her two-day visit to the state.
The MPMR is a unique initiative of NABARD and NABFOUNDATION to bring livelihoods and menstrual hygiene closer to rural women by way of grant, wage support and capital equipment, said Sitharaman after inaugurating the project.
Under the MPMR project, SHGs are given one sanitary pad-making machine, raw materials for two months, wages for 50 days, packaging materials for two months and other accessories, and five days of training in three phases.
She also flagged off a mobile ATM van of Tripura State Co-Operative Bank Ltd at Killa village in Gomati district on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
Speaking at the public gathering on Saturday, the Union Finance minister said that Out of every 100 Jan Dhan accounts, 55 belong to women. The main beneficiaries of PMJDY are women. In those areas where bank branches are not possible, the Bank Mitras do the job of providing banking services.
“The mobile ATM van will cover all gram panchayats/village committees of South Tripura District. It supports ATM cards of all banks. It is fitted with an LED TV for demonstration of digital financial literacy related videos and promotion of different banking products,” she said.
Sitharaman also said that the government started the PMJDY so that every poor person has access to a bank account and a RuPay card.
“Through PMJDY, during the lockdown last year, the government could transfer Rs 1,500 directly to the accounts of women,” Sitharaman added.
She also interacted with the women Self Help Groups (SHG) members trained in handicrafts under Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDP) of NABARD at Killa village in Gomati district in Tripura.
Sitharaman also visited the Tripura Sundari Temple in Udaipur alongwith the chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb and deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma before visiting the Killa RD Block to address the public gathering.
After interacting with the SHG members, Sitharaman informed them that they have been receiving various benefits under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana. Recently, the limit of collateral free lending to SHGs was increased from Rs 10 to Rs 20 lakhs.
The Chief Minister who was also present at the event said his government has taken several steps to develop the rural economy. At present, there are 6 times more self-help groups than before. Women are getting involved in this and various earning opportunities are being created through the products they produce.