Exposure Visit to Warangal and Janagoan Updated On 2017-11-02

The women from the Kudumbashree Attappady tribal special project including the leaders of Ooru samithy, Panchayat samithy, Block samithy, Community Resource persons and Animators visited the Janagoan and Warangal District of Telangana state to learn about the women federations and its activities under National Rural livelihood Mission from 26 - 30 October 2017 . The team visited the District, Mandal and Village level federations and took keen interest in the various initiatives of the women federations of Telangana. The vision and the clarity of each members of the executive committee inspired the tribal women from Attappady.

The community based institution structure includes Self Help Groups, Village Organisations, Mandal Federation and District federation. The executive committee of each institution is managing different programmes under the institutions. Livelihoods are promoted by the organizations with the support of Community Investment Fund and now they are focusing on group initiatives. Federation of Persons with Disabilities is their yet another innovative initiative. One community care centre for the PWD is running for the care and protection of the persons who are suffering from various disabilities, managed by the village organisation which consists of doctors, counselors and mentors who provide expert guidance and treatment to the disabled people. The rights and entitlements of the persons are ensured and livelihood opportunities are offered to the family members of PWD.

The team made their visit to Model Villages as well, i.e., to the Pochannapet village of Bachanapet block, which is a completely digitalised village. CCTV camera, card reader for every transaction of villagers (cash less transaction) and digitalised system for purified drinking water (ATW) is the peculiar feature of the village. They are ensuring the basic needs of the families. The villages are 100% Open Defecation Free (ODF) and in every house have ground water regeneration pits. Gangadevipalli of Warangal District is another model village. The decentralization strategy of panchayat is amazing that they have 27 committees in different sectors having members from 12 to 17 which constitute 80% of the population. The planning and implementation of the projects are through these committees. All the members are involved in the decision making process.

The team visited the training institute, different livelihood activities of individual as well as groups and the women shared their experiences with each other and it became a memorable learning experience for the tribal women of Attappady and came back with a firm resolve to build better and sustainable community based institutions.

Meeting on implementation of Sagarmala-DDUGKY Convergence Project Phase II Updated On 2017-11-01

Sagarmala-DDUGKY Convergence Project is a collaborative effort by Ministry of Shipping (MoS) and Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), which aims at skilling the coastal communities for wage employment in port and maritime sector. Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has assigned Kudumbashree Mission as the Nodal agency for the implementation of Sagarmala Project in Kerala. The process of implementation of Sagarmala DDUGKY Convergence Project Phase II has already been initiated by the Ministry. In this context, a meeting to discuss the modalities for the Implementation of Sagarmala-DDUGKY Convergence Project Phase is scheduled to be held at Hotel Marriott, Kochi at 9.30 AM on 2 November 2017.

Kudumbashree to develop Micro Enterprises in Lakshadweep Updated On 2017-10-31

Kudumbashree will lead the women empowerment activities aiming at the financial stability of the women of Lakshadweep, the union territory under Government of India. Agriculture Department of Lakshadweep had contacted Kudumbashree Mission for giving advices for starting micro enterprises focusing on value added products from coconut, which is available in plenty at Lakshadweep.

As a start, micro enterprise units will be started in Kavarati. For this, 135 women groups comprising of 8 women each had already been started. Kudumbashree will give training to the women of Lakshadweep on Micro Enterprise formation, its successful co-ordination and various other topics. It had already been proved by Kudumbashree that, women groups can start Micro Enterprises and can attain financial stability out of that.

As per the present statistics, there are about 31,000 Micro Enterprises working under Kudumbashree. Out of this, 200 units focus on value added products from coconut. Through these Micro Enterprises, coconut oil, virgin coconut oil, handicrafts made of coconut shells, etc are made. The Kudumbashree NRO which works with the mission of propagating Kudumbashree model to places outside Kerala has been working in Lakshadweep for a few months.The NRO activities of Kudumbashree has been started in Lakshadweep during last May. Kudumbashree is executing special programme there. And apart from this, now Kudumbashree received invitation from the Agriculture Department of Lakshadweep.

Kudumbashree to give skill training to 15,000 urban youth through NULM Updated On 2017-10-30

Kudumbashree will give skill training to 15,000 urban youth through the centrally sponsored programme National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM). Kudumbashree is the nodal agency of NULM in Kerala. The programme started in last financial year had given work order to 22 new programme implementing agencies. Therefore through 45 agencies, skill training will be given to 15000 youth of 93 urban areas in Kerala. The assistance of the agencies will be assured for for finding jobs or starting new enterprises of their own.Loan of Rs 2 lakh & Rs 10 lakh will be provided to individuals and group of young entrepreneurs respectively at a rate of 4%.

NULM had been given training to people those who have completed eighth standard upto graduation level. The courses are of 3 to 8 and half months duration which are approved by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) or National Skill Development Corporation (NCDC). Food and Accomodation will be provided absolutely free. If the courses suiting one's aptitude is not available at their own region, residential training will be arranged in other urban areas. On contacting the Nearby NULM units, one may easily get the details of the programme.

Training is given on various courses like Health,Information Technology, Telecom, Automotive, Tourism, Food processing, Accounting, electronics, Ayurveda etc are given as part of the training programme. Training is also given on various 74 courses like analyst, security operation centre, general duty assistant, account assistant using tally, CNC operator, data entry operator, mobile handset repair engineer, filed engineer- electronics, Accountant, logistics management associate, field technician networking and storage, animator, automotive service technician, multi cuisine cook, application security analyst, electrician, dental ceramic assistant, CCTV installation technician, surveyor, junior software developer, application developer, ayurveda spa therapist, fashion designer, cad designer, diet assistant etc.

45 different organisations like Kerala Institute of co-operative Management, NTTF, Model engineering College, Thrikkakkara, Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel studies (KITTS) , National Skill Development, Central institute of Plastic Technology etc will associate with Kudumbashree for the programme.

Houses for all those who have land gets approval in 34 urban local bodies Updated On 2017-10-28

The project for issuing Houses for those who have atleast one cent of land gets state wide approval in 34 urban local bodies. Therefore everyone who own plots in urban local bodies will get houses of their own. The programme is implemented by PMAY(U) - Pradhan Manthri Awas Yojana (Urban) Programme under Central- State Ministries working with the mission of achieving 'Housing for All'. The suggestion regarding this was put forward by the State Level Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee chaired by Dr K. M. Abraham, Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala. The same has been already put forward by the State Level Advisory Committee presided by Shri T.K Jose IAS, Principal Secretary, Local Self Government Department, Government of Kerala. The 34 ULBs identified the homeless in their places who had atleast one cent of land and proposed projects for them and secured approval for the same. Approval for building 21,199 houses has been issued. Therefore approval has been secured for building a total of 58,117 houses in the state. Kudumbashree is the nodal agency of PMAY in Kerala.

Anthoor, Chalakkudy, Chavakkad, Chengannur, Cherpulassery, Chittor- Thathamangalam, Erattupetta, Ettumanoor, Guruvayoor, Irinjalakuda, Kalamassery, Karunagappally, Kattapana, Kodungaloor, Koothuparamb, Kothamangalam, Kottarakkara, Mavelikkara, Moovattupuzha, Ottpalam, Pala, Panoor, Parappanangadi, Pattambi, Perumbavoor, Punalur, Shornur, South paravur, Thalassery, Thiruvalla, Thodupuzha, Vaikom, Valanchery and Varkala are the urban local bodies who submitted the plans and secured state wide approval for the same. It has been suggested to submit a detailed list of the homeless in 93 urban local bodies will be submitted before 9 November 2017. When 13,000 houses in these ULBs get approval, houses will be issued for those who have atleast one cent of land. The land less people in the urban areas had also been identified. By the next financial year, houses will be allotted to them as well. Therefore, no one would be left in Urban areas as homeless.

The programme allows 3 lakh rupees for building Houses. One and half lakh rupees will be met from the Central Government fund. The rest will be met from the State Government and Local bodies fund. The construction of 229 houses had been finished so far. Construction of 12,168 houses has been progressing. The programme is framed, including the factors such as Colony development, credit linked subsidy, affordable housing scheme and personal Construction.As per this years programme, 30,000 houses will be finished. Kudumbashree aims to get approval for all plans for building houses this year itself. Therefore Houses for all who owns atleast one cent of land would be a reality then.

Identity Card distribution for street vendors progressing Updated On 2017-10-27

Identity Card distribution for all eligible street vendors in the urban areas is progressing in the state. The distribution is being executed as per the results of the survey conducted by NULM in the state through Kudumbashree. It is planned to complete the identity card distribution by 31 October 2017.

In the survey conducted by Kudumbashree in 93 Urban Local Bodies in the state, 19863 street vendors were identified out of which 16896 are men, 2966 are women and one is a transgender. ID cards will be distributed to all of them. Till now, ID cards have been distributed 1924 street vendors of 11 Urban Local bodies. Aadhar Number, Phone Number, details of the things they sell, the street where they sell etc will be notified in the ID card.

The welfare programme for the street vendors envisages to improve the infrastructure and therby to improve the lifestyle.Training programmes for improving the life skills of street vendors will also be included in the programme.

Kudumbashree dazzles at Bharat Parv Updated On 2017-10-26

Kudumbashree shines at Bharat Parv, event organised by Ministry of Tourism at Rajpath Lawns, near India Gate, New Delhi from 23 -25 October 2017. The event was inaugurated by Shri. Rajanath Singh, Minister of Home Affairs, Government of India. Shri. Alphonse Kannamthanam, Minister of Tourism, Government of India presided over the function.The event celebrated the rich cultural, ethnic, cuisine diversity of India and to exhibit India's richness of cultural diversity before world and thereby promoting the tourism prospects of India.

Paryatan Parv, an all India tourism promotion event was organised by the Ministry of Tourism from 3-25 October 2017. Bhaarat Parv was organised as part of Paryatan Parv. Traditional Art forms, cultural dances, ethnic handicrafts and cuisines was staged at this three day event.

Along the with traditional art forms and handicrafts, Kerala's ethnic range of cuisines were presented by the Cafe Kudumbashree units promoted by Kudumbashree Mission before the global and national gathering that visited the event place. Two Cafe units, each from Alappuzha and Kozhikode, exhibited the wide range of ethnic tastes particularly belonging to central Travancore and Malabar respectively. Cafe Kudumbashree food court got wide appreciation and very good responses from the masses gathered to view the celebration of India's culture. The food stalls of Kerala attracted the crowds for the entire duration of event.

The closing ceremony of Parytan Parv and Bhaarat Parv was inaugurated by Shri. Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Government of India on which Shri. Alphonse Kannamthanam, Minister of Tourism, Government of India was the Chief Guest.

Gender Sensitization Workshop for Kudumbashree Officials Updated On 2017-10-25

State Resource Centre for Women organises Gender Sensitization Workshop for Kudumbashree Officials of State-District Missions. As a start, a two day Workshop was conducted including 50 officials at Hotel Mariarani, Sreekaryam, Thiruvananthapuram on 23 October 2017. The workshop was inaugurated by Vidhu Vincent, Film Director. Harikishore IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree Mission presided over the function.

Within March 2018, Gender Sensitization Workshop will be conducted for all officials of Kudumbashree Mission.

The workshop envisions to give clear awareness about gender equality to the officials of Kudumbashree. Through such training programmes, work place relationship between men and women could be improved and thereby could create a better work atmosphere.

During the time of organising programmes for NHG women, this awareness would undoubtedly help them. And thereby the awareness about gender equality can therefore be communicated to the NHG level.

Classes were given on the topics such as Personality structure of men and women, attitude towards women's development, Gender analysis-An introduction, stages of women empowerment, Gender- planning and observations, violences against women, the ways to resist such violences, the sexual discrimination women face in today's society, gender inequality, the social constraints that resists from attaining gender equality and the activities to overcome such issues.Mary Kappan and trainer Roshan Chandran led the classes.

'Manhole' directed by Vidhu Vincent was screened during the programme.

Map My ME Updated On 2017-10-24

Following the trends in this digital era Kudumbashree Kannur District Mission acted a little forward and launched 'Map My ME'. Its as part of the 'Map my Home' project launched by Kannur District Collector which marks Government offices, other institutions and shops in Google Maps that Kudumbashree Kannur District Mission marked all the Micro Enterprises in the district.

300 Micro Enterprises were marked in this manner with the help of CDS accountants and grama panchayath technical assistants.

A database including the basic details, the team strength and financial details of the Micro Enterprises were prepared in that manner. The fields in the data base included UID No., Name of the Unit, LSGD, Location, Products / Services category, number of employees, bank loan details, subsidy availed from Kudumbashree, loan availed from NHG, approximate sales revenue per month, approximate number of working days per month etc.

It is also planned to launch a mobile application incorporating these details with the help of National Informatic Centre.

Therefore the customers could easily get the Name, location, photo address and contact number of the Micro Enterprises in a few clicks.

Kudumbashree plans to launch Broiler Chicken Updated On 2017-10-23

Kudumbashree, a pioneer in introducing collective group efforts by women self help groups is stepping in to contain the prevailing uncertainty in broiler production. Through the convergence with departments such as Kerala State Poultry Development Corporation, Animal Husbandry Department, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University and Local Self Government Department Kudumbashree Mission plans to launch Kudumbashree Broiler Chicken to the market.

The main objectives of the programme include to provide a steady income for Kudumbashree members through broiler chicken production, to ensure safe and clean chicken meat to consumers at reasonable price and to provide a steady and non fluctuating market price for broiler chicken.

In the first phase, 1000 units will be selected and later remaining units will be selected in a phased manner, an average of 100 units will be established in each of the districts in the first phase. The converging departments will provide one day old broiler chicken to the units and will provide training to the beneficiaries. It is expected that the project will ensure employment opportunity to 5000 Kudumbashree members in a phased manner.

As per existing Panchayath Livestock Farm licensing Rules 2012, poultry farms rearing more than 100 birds require licensing. The minimum area required for 15 birds is 1 cent and hence for 1000 birds this come to 66 cents.

By this project Kudumbashree envisages to provide safe, clean and healthy meat to the consumers and will ensure fair pricing of broiler chicken industry.