Bengal Govt’s New Initiative To Empower Rural Women

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Kolkata: Bengal Govt’s training programme to empower rural women. The State Panchayat and Fisheries Departments have come together to develop a training programme for empowering rural women.

To enable the women and self-help groups to take up the work on a commercial scale after training, the State Government would provide them help through the Anandadhara Scheme.

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The women would be trained on how to cut fish and pack it in a ready-to-cook form by the Fisheries Department. The Panchayat Department would help in getting access and selecting the women.

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For a start, 700 women from three districts – Hooghly, North 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur – would be given the training. In Dhanekhali in Hooghly, 126 women are being trained already. Another 126 women are being trained to cultivate fish. In North 24 Parganas, 63 women are being trained in fish processing, 73 in preparation of fish-based food and 99 in fish cultivation.

In the next phase, training programmes would be taken up in ten more districts of Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Birbhum, Malda, Murshidabad, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Nadia and South 24 Parganas.