Shillong, January 05: Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr Mukul Sangma, today launched the Women Economic Empowerment through Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship at U Soso Tham Auditorium, Shillong.
In his speech, Dr Sangma said that the Government has started a very important programme since 2012 to take care of the women folk. He said “Programmes like social assistance to single mothers is done only in Meghalaya to empower women with economic knowledge, wisdom and enlightenment and empower them economically. Because most mothers are not covered under financial inclusion, the aim of the programme is to include all female heads of the state under financial inclusion.
He also informed that banks have been sensitized to ensure that they participate accordingly under this programme and the government is providing the women with seed money to utilise it for economic prosperity of the families. “The seed money may look very small but it has lots of positive ramifications in bringing the socio economic transformative changes for people, especially the economically challenged group” Sangma said. “Along with supporting women financially, it is also important to support women with necessary financial literacy so that they have knowledge about the different kinds of initiatives rooted through banks” he added.
Sangma added that the government is committed to ensure that women of the state are not deprived of the economic benefits and will keep track on how many partners have registered themselves and how many have benefitted from the skilled development programmes of the government.
Later, the Chief Minister along with other dignitaries distributed seed money to 40 beneficiaries/partners under the urban area skill development programme and 10 under the industrial sector.