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National Award for Kudumbashree Updated On 2017-07-01

Kudumbashree is the state nodal agency for many programs of government of India like PMAY, NULM, NRLM, MKSP, SVEP and DDUGKY. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramin Kaushalya Yojana (DDUGKY) is the flagship program of Rural Development Department for providing skilling to rural youth. The aim is to provide skill development and to give placement to 52,000 youths before 2019. Till now, training imparted to 17,000 students, of which 11,000 are placed. 70% placement is mandatory as per program guidelines. Kudumbashree got the national award for being the third best state nodal agency for implementing DDUGKY program. Kudumbashree is receiving national award for implementation of DDUGKY for the first time. Mobilising the right candidate through kudumbashree community network resulted in successful implementation of DDUGKY in the state. At present, 34 agencies are empanelled to give training in 46 areas of specialisation/ skill development.

Launching of DDU-GKY MIS Updated On 2017-07-01

An MIS Platform for evaluating and co-ordinating the activities under Skill and Placement Programme named Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kausalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) being implemented by Kudumbashree has been launched on 12th July, 2017. The switching-on ceremony was inaugurated by Honorable Minister for Local Self Government Department and Social Justice Dr. K.T. Jaleel in the presence of Kudumbashree Executive Director Shri. S. Harikishore, I.A.S., Assistant Private Secretary to LSGD Minister Shri. A. Santhosh Kumar, DDU-GKY Programme Managers Shri. Shibu. N.P., Shri. Das Vincent.C and Shri. Leopole.T. The SIDCO representatives Shri. Manoj, Shri. Nishad and Shri. Arjun also took part. DDU-GKY ensures Training and Placement of Rural poor youth across the 28 States in India. Kudumbashree is the Nodal Agency for monitoring the implementation of DDU-GKY in Kerala. The aim of MIS during the first phase is to co-ordinate and review different activities carried out in every Training Centers of DDU-GKY. As part of bringing uniqueness among the activities of this programme, a web based monitoring system is now in place. During the second phase, the data regarding trained candidates, training sector, duration of training, placement and fund utilization will be available in this platform. The youth who would like to pursue different courses based on their aspirations could do the registration on this platform. The attendance of students in Training centres could be marked on this platform with the help of Aadhaar linked Biometric Device. This will also help to track the candidates who have been placed after successful completion of training. The MIS is linked to www.ddugky.co.in, an official website of DDU-GKY. This will also be linked to Kudumbashree’s official website.

Green Bytes Updated On 2017-07-01

Marketing ‘healthy food habits’ among people in the form of salad bowls, diet bowls & fresh cut vegetables thereby developing healthy eating habits among public and generating revenue for women is one of the intervention of Kudumbashree in micro enterprises. The intervention which is coined as ‘Green Bytes’ is started in Government Secretariat where fresh cut vegetables, salads & fruit bowls are sold. The counter also offers fruit salads. The Mission focuses on serving the requirements of persons having health issues like lifestyle diseases by marketing diet bowls and healthy drinks like amla, carrot, lime & other fruits mixed with honey, ginger etc. The calorific & nutritious value of each bowl will be provided. As it markets fresh cut vegetables for easy cooking the women employees will be benefited and assessing the scope of the intervention, the Mission will start similar outlets in various part of the city and will extend it to other districts.

ABC - opportunities unlimited Updated On 2017-07-01

Kudumbashree has the history of assisting the governance machinery to solve problems. One of the key social problems faced by Kerala is the street dog menace. There were even instances where street dogs bit and killed men. In order to curb the street dog menace, approved methodology is Animal Birth Control, where in street dogs are caught, and they are dropped back to the original locality after doing the Animal Birth Control surgery (ABC). Surgery is performed by registered medical practitioners in institutions. Kudumbashree’s ABC project aims at creating Block Management Units of women who will catch dogs (using various techniques, the most popular being ‘cage trap’) and will take them to veterinary hospital for doing surgery. After the surgery, post operative care will be provided by the Kudumbashree ABC team, and the dogs will be dropped back to the place from where they are caught after a period of two days. As per a latest Government Order, the amount to be given by each Panchayat to the ABC team is Rs. 2,100/- per dog for the entire process. Till now (10/7/17), 500 dogs are caught in the state and 72 units are trained in various districts

Expanding wings in Assam Updated On 2017-07-01

Kudumbashree is a National Resource Organisation with a mandate of assisting other states to start ‘Kudumbashree model’. At present, Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with 12 states and 1 union territory. Once MoU is signed, Kudumbashree mentors (experienced women from the community, who will work as master trainers) will be appointed in these states (in selected blocks/ panchayats) who will select community cadre from the state and will impart training and build their capacity. Mentors work in two domains. One is development of Micro Enterprises; and the other is convergence project of Community Based Organisation with Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRI CBO convergence). Assam was one of the first states that signed an MoU with Kudumbashree. Initial MoU was for a period of 3 years, and the project was implemented successfully. As a result of this, Assam State Livelihood Mission requested for another MoU for extending the project to 50 new Panchayats from 2017, and this new MoU was signed in the presence of Hon. Minister

Making a difference for Transgenders Updated On 2017-07-01

For the first time in the history of public transport system in the work, transgenders were given employment opportunities readily. 23 transgenders were selected and they were appointed for various positions (supervisor/ team leader/ cleaning staff/ ticket operator/ customer facilitation staff etc) in Kochi Metro. In the agreement with Kochi Metro for running Facility Management Centre, it was specifically mentioned that transgenders will be trained by selected, trained and will be posted in Kochin Metro through Kudumbashree network. This project aims at providing an employment opportunity for transgenders who are otherwise not generally employed in similar sectors. As a part of “Disha” campaign (a campaign run by Kudumbashree in November 2016 to strengthen the neighbourhood groups), transgender special NHGs were formed and training for self employment was given to some of them. This is the wage employment opportunity for transgenders, created specifically due to request from KMRL. This initiative will help in mainstreaming and in assisting transgender community.

Recognition for Women Construction Units Updated On 2017-07-01

Women Construction Units envisaged by Kudumbashree is selected as one of the ‘Best Practices’ of Pradhan Mantra Awas Yojana (PMAY) implemented by Government of India through Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA). Executive Director, S.Harikishore, IAS presented the best practice during the National Workshop held in Vijnan Bhavan, Delhi on 23/06//2017. Two states were invited for presenting their best practices related to urban poverty alleviation It is expected that more than 3 lakh dwelling units will be constructed in Kerala during the next three years (as a part of PMAY and LIFE mission of Government of Kerala) Forming construction groups of women will provide affordable solutions to rural poor for construction of their houses and will eliminate exploitation by contractors. Also, rural women will get higher income as they are doing skilled work (construction of houses). At present, training is given to 400 women, and Kudumbashree is envisaging construction groups in every development block and in every municipality.

Jan Oushadhi stores by Kudumbashree Updated On 2017-07-01

A tripartite agreement was signed between Jan Oushadhi, Local Self Government Department and Kudumbashree for starting Jan Oushadhi medical stores in each Panchayat or wherever feasible. Its a convergence project of local self government department and Kudumbashree. Panchayat will find out a suitable building and will give it to Kudumbashree units for running the pharma store. Kudumbashree units will have to employ a pharmacist and a computer operator to run the store. More than 450 varieties of medicines will be supplied by Jan Oushadhi. As an initial assistance, Rs. 1.5 lakh will be given to the Kudumbashree entrepreneur as capital subsidy for purchase of computers and for procurement of furniture. Further, medicines worth Rs. 1.0 lakh will be given free of cost (on credit). Using sales of these medicine, new medicines may be purchased as per requirement. At present, there is demand to start such stores in 34 Panchayats, and we are expecting demand from more places in near future.

Women’s only Metro Updated On 2017-07-01

It was a prestigious moment for Kudumbashree when Hon. Prime Minister inaugurated Kochi Metro in June 2017. The reason for pride arose from the fact that for the first time in history, an ‘all women metro’ was inaugurated and Kudumbashree got the opportunity to do the facility management services for Kochi metro. As per the agreement with Kochi Metro, all services ranging from parking management to customer facilitation, from ticketing to housekeeping are entrusted with Kudumbashree. Total demand was for 780 staff. In this first phase 530 women are selected and they are serving Kochi Metro now. When 5 more new metro stations will be commissioned by September, Kudumbashree will provide 250 more staff. The present ‘women metro team’ are selected through a rigorous process. More than 40,000 candidates appeared for the written exam, and of them 1,077 were called for a personal interview. Kudumbashree members or their families only were allowed to participate. Yes, when Metro grows, opportunities for poor women also enhances.