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Swachhta Pakhwada in 195 Panchayaths Updated On 2017-10-17

Grama Samridhi Evam Swatchhta Pakhwada programme was conducted in selected 195 panchayaths which were chosen by Ministry of Rural Development for 'Mission Anthyodaya' programme in Kerala with different programmes. The programme envisages to create 5000 poverty free villages by 2019 and 50000 by 2022. As part of this, 'Gram Samridhi Evam Swatchhta Pakhwada' was conducted in 50000 panchayaths in the country from 1-15 October 2017. A two week programme was conducted in Kerala in continuation with the programme.

The programme envisions to review the status of the centrally designed programmes and to give maximum publicity for those. The programme was conducted co ordinating with the concerned grama panchayaths. As part of this, Gramasabhas were conducted in 195 Anthyodhaya Panchayaths.

The programme is framed to communicate the aims, services provided and other details of the centrally designed programmes to the bottom level of the society. The resource persons gave classes for ADS and CDS members and Asha workers on such centrally designed programmes which are executed through Kudumbashree Mission and Shuchithwa Mission.

Survey was being conducted in panchayaths regarding the developments in those programmes by the specially trained Resource Persons. The consolidated data will be recorded and would be submitted to MoRD with the approval of the concerned panchayath committees.

Kudumbashree conducted street plays using the 'Rangashree' art troupe to give promotion to the centrally designed programmes like DDUGKY, MKSP, NRLM and PMAY (G) which are executed through Kudumbashree.

Cleaning campaigns were also conducted in 195 panchayaths co ordinating with Balasabha. The photo video documentation of the whole programme was done by the Resource Persons. The District Mission co ordinated the whole programme in the district level.

Migrant Labourers Balasabha Updated On 2017-10-16

From now onwards children of Migrant Labourers will also take part in activities of Balasabha. The first of its kind Balasabha is launched in Binani Puram of Kadungalloor Grama Panchayath of Ernakulam District. Kudumbashree envisages to assist children in their academics as well as in their co -curricular activities, thereby influencing them in their character formation by forming these special Balasabha.

41 children of Migrant Labourers joined this Balasabha. The children are of 5 to 18 years of age. Its a notable feature that by actively participating in such Balasabha, these children will therefore be able to interact with the local children and therby they will learn the local language as well. Its by co ordinating with the teachers and parents of these children that these special balasabhas are functioning. Ernakulam District Mission directly co-ordinate the activities of this Balasabha with the help of special resource persons.

More than thousands of children are studying in the schools at Perumbavoor. Its also planned to start more special balasabhas by including these children. By launching this, Ernakulam District Mission envisions a collective change in these children.

During the 'Disha campaign' which was conducted in January 2017, special NHGs were formed by including women from the families of Migrant Labourers. By including them, Kudumbashree envisions their inclusion in the society.

Kudumbashree to launch Aajeevika Express Updated On 2017-10-13

Kudumbashree is gearing up to launch Aajeevika Express to solve the travelling difficulties in high range country side areas. The programme envisages to facilitate the services of jeep and auto through NHGs. Aajeevika Express would be launched as part of National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).The pilot study regarding this would be conducted in Palakkad, Idukki and Thrissur Districts.

Aajeevika Express will not only solve the travelling difficulties of the people but also would help to find a livelihood.

Aajeevika Express, an initiative put forward by NRLM, which would give financial assistance for buying vehicles in high range areas would make revolutionary changes in this sector. As part of the pilot study, the programme will be executed in Parakkod & Ranni blocks of Pathanamthitta, Devikulam block of Idukki and Chalakkudy Block of Thrissur.

Kudumbashree envisions to launch Aajeevika Express where bus service of public or private transportation system aren't available. People out there are therefore forced to depend on parallel services for transportation which financially exploit them.

As per tge programme, Rs 6.5 lakh will be given to the units as interest free loan. The amount will be met from the community investment fund of NRLM. Selected women will be given training in driving. The training regarding the mechanical aspects will also be given to them.

Kudumbashree women had already started jeep service in Attappady of Palakkad and Edakkad Vayal of Ernakulam which was a huge success.

Kudumbashree supplied 6000 umbrellas to KSFE Updated On 2017-10-12

Kudumbashree women of Thrissur District supplied 6000 umbrellas to Kerala State Financial Enterprises (KSFE). Kudumbashree mission had received an order worth Rs 14 lakhs from KSFE for the supply of umbrellas in their branches all over Kerala for distributing to the subscribers of their Onam Chits.

As per the tender called in August, Kudumbashree received the work order for supplying 6000 umbrellas in September. Friends Unit, Nice Unit, Jeeva Unit and Kripa Unit of Nelmanikkara, Velookkara, Vadanapallly and Chattisery respectively were entrusted to make the umbrellas. State Mission had given Rs 2 Lakh as crisis fund to all the units. 19 women from these 4 units completed their job by continuously working for 10 days in early morning to late night schedule. The umbrellas were distributed to the Thodupuzha, kattapana and Ernakulam Centres of KSFE as per the contract.

Eventhough, Kudumbashree Mission had received orders for making umbrellas from other departments, it is for the first time that Kudumbashree is receiving such a huge order.

Kudumbashree Women flew to Delhi for attending MoRD's Conference Updated On 2017-10-11

Kudumbashree women made a flight journey to Delhi for attending the 'National Consultation on Livelihoods Development & Diversification' organised by Ministry of Rural Development at Delhi on 10th and 11th of October 2017.

A 110 member team including 80 NHG women attended the programme organised by MoRD. The programme co-ordinating the activities under National rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) in different states was conducted at National agricultural Science Complex, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Pusa, New Delhi.

All Kudumbashree women were excited about their first flight journey. 72 CDS chairpersons, 8 members of MKSP, 14 block coordinators and concerned officials attended the two day programme representing Kudumbashree Mission.

The indigenous rice seed varieties from Kazargode had been showcased at the exhibition stall depicting the rich agricultural tradition of Kerala. Value added products like Pineapple Jam & squash from Ernakulam District, Saphalam Cashews from Kazargode District were also available for sale at the stall. Kudumbashree envisions to share the features of the MKSP activities and agriculture based Micro enterprises through this.

To improve the representation of women in agricultural sector, to promote the livelihood of women through organic way of cultivation are the aims of the centrally sponsered programme, Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP). Kudumbashree is the nodal agency of MKSP in Kerala.

DDU-GKY:Two Day Training on SOP Finance Management Updated On 2017-10-11

A Two day  training was organized by National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayathi Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad for State Mission Management units and District Mission Management Units (State and District Programme Managers) of  Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) on Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and  finance management at Kudumbashree State Mission office on 10 & 11 October 2017. 'Introduction& How to refer SOP', Due Diligence, Inspection, Placement Verification and Tracking, SOP revised norms and Financial Management were the major contents of the training programme.

Support for Buds School from Lions Club Updated On 2017-10-10

Kudumbashree will start 10 buds school for mentally challenged children in association with Lions Club. As per the association, Lions Club will facilitate buildings and basic infrastructure for starting buds school in Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha. The first of its kind will be started at Chenganoor in November associating with the Chenganoor Municipality. The officials of the Lions Club 318 B assured that the space for starting the remaining buds schools will be facilitated by December itself.

Lions Club 318 B had already contacted Kudumbashree state Mission showing interest in giving space for starting Buds Schools. The decision regarding this was taken at the meeting presided by Dr K.T Jaleel, Minister, Local Self Government Department, Government of Kerala. Its as part of the 'Project LILLY' (Lions Initiative for Learning and Listening Deficiency ) programme of Lions Club that buds schools are going to be started. The programme envisages to support the needy and to rectify the learning disabilities of these children. Lions Club will also facilitate the services of behavioral therapist, occupational therapist, pediatric psychologist etc for these children. It is also planned to start rehabilitation centres to bring them to normal life by identifying their inherent skills and thereby to help them identify suitable job roles.

Maths Olympiad for Balasabha Members Updated On 2017-10-09

Kudumbashree Mission will conduct Maths Olympiad for Balasabha Members to make Mathematics education more easier and to make it more closer to nature and daily life. The state level inauguration of the same will be conducted in December in accordance with the birthday celebrations of the mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. For the effective co-ordination of the competition, 2 resource persons and 2 mathematical experts were selected from every district. Shri Harikishore IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree Mission inaugurated the State level training programme organised for the selected Resource Persons and Mathematical Experts. The study modules and activities for the competition were also formulated during the training programme.

The programme aims to strengthen Balasabha and to make mathematics education easier for Balasabha members. Prior to the state level competition to be held in December, mathematics based competitions will be organised for LP, UP school children in Panchayath, Block and District levels. The competitions will be activity based. 10 students each will be selected from Balasabhas in Panchayath, Block and District levels. The training regarding this will be given by the 10 member team including Resource person from each district and mathematical experts. Activity based workshops on 'Mathematics in daily life', ' Mathematics in Nature' etc will be conducted in ward level at Balasabhas before October 20th.

During the workshop, classes will be taken on the life and contributions of famous mathematicians. About 500 Balasabha members will take part in the state level competition. Maths Olympiad will undoubtedly be a wonderful opportunity for the Balsabha students to get in tune with the magic of Mathematics.

Kudumbashree to conserve traditional rice seeds of Wayanad through Seed Bank Updated On 2017-10-07

Kudumbashree Mission is all set to write yet another success story by conserving traditional rice seeds of Wayanad through Seed Bank. The project of Wayanad District Mission envisages to conserve and propagate seven vanishing indigenous rice seeds, which would be executed through Joint liability groups (JLGs) of the mission. As the traditional rice varieties are in the verge of extinction, hence Kudumbashree Wayanad District Mission came up with this initiative. The pilot project has been executed by the district mission through Kairali JLG under Poothadi CDS. Shri. I.C Balakrishnan MLA, inaugurated the seed bank on 2 October 2017. Five and half acres of fallow land at Kenichira under Poothadi grama panchayat has been utilized for this. The programme is implemented under Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) programme.

The indigenous rice seeds include aromatic rice varities such as Gandhakasala and Jeerakasala; short-term rice seed Palthondi; medicinal rice varieties such as Chenellu and Rakthashali and long-term term rice seeds such as Veliyan and Adukkan. The harvested paddy will be preserved as seed and the cultivation will be extended across the district. Seed bank programme will be purely in organic method of cultivation.

Kudumbashree is also experimenting a new agricultural method ‘ Kainaatti’-the bioslurry pellet method to sow seeds to reduce the input cost. It is an innovative method of rice cultivation developed by Aji Kunnel, a progressive farmer in the district, which will save both time and money as there is no need to prepare a nursery for paddy plants. Organic fertiliser mixes are made in tablet format with seeds put inside and are left to germinate. Organic fertiliser for this is made using cow dung, various plant juices and panchagavya.

The mission is planning to expand the project on 300 acres next year. Wayanad District Mission will buy the seeds after harvest from the JLG group at a premium price and disburse it to 300 JLGs in the district next season to promote these indigenous seed varities.

Kudumbashree Mechanised Coir Producing Units for Women Updated On 2017-10-06

Mechanised Coir producing units, which will create new job opportunities for Neighbourhood Group Women started working in the state. Its regarding the acceptance for the coir products in other countries and for improving the use of the same, that Kudumbashree Mission framed this programme. The programme was officially inaugurated by Dr. T.M Thomas Issac, Minister for Finance, Government of Kerala at Pariyaram, Kannur.

The new programme aims at extracting coconut fibre from raw coconut husks. The Coir Board will procure the fibre from the units. It is planned to start 30 units across the state in the first phase. The infrastructure for the programme will be met from the side of Local Self Government Department institutions, if they have any. The Kerala State Coir Manufacturing Company, Alappuzha will provide the defibering machine absolutely free to the women who are interested to start such units,which would enable them to extract fibre from raw coconut husks. For operating this machine for 8 hours, 8000 husks are needed per day.The procurement of these husks will be done by the units itself.The units may also find extra income by selling the coir pith, the byproduct of the fibre extracting process.

Preference will be given to those who wish to start micro enterprising units who an make high quality coir and value added products from this fibre. It is also planned to start units which would produce floor mats, door mats, aquarium filters and coir geotextiles.

The programme aims to secure job & income for Kudumbashree women and thereby strengthen the coir sector. The expert NHG women in this area therefore can make use of their freetime in a fruitful way and can find income out of it. The mechanised system will help to increase the production and it would increase the physical strain. The First phase activities had already been started in different panchayaths of Thrissur, Malappuram and Kazargod and soon will be started in Palakkad, Kozhikode, Kannur and Wayanad.This would attract more women to this sector and thereby maximum promotion would be given for coir products.