UMEED scheme empowers rural women of J&K: Govt
SRINAGAR: The government on Wednesday said that the UMEED scheme of Jammu and Kashmir Rural Livelihoods Mission (JKRLM) was providing wings to the aspirations of rural women who dream of becoming economically independent.
The government said that the Mission aims to reduce poverty by building strong grass-root institutions for the poor, engaging them in gainful livelihood interventions, and ensuring appreciable improvement in their income on a sustainable basis.
“Through UMEED, hundreds of women are not only scripting their success stories in Jammu and Kashmir but are motivating others to come out of poverty and become successful entrepreneurs,” the government spokesman said, adding that UMEED was immensely helping women entrepreneurs to exhibit and market their products.
He said that JKRLM was turning the wheel of transformation for J&K women to become progressive and self-employed entrepreneurs.
The UMEED programme under JKRLM is a centrally sponsored scheme to encourage women to be self-dependent and self-sufficient.
It also encourages women to make small savings so that their Self-Help Groups (SHGs) eventually become bankable at reduced rates of interest.
Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, 36, and Rubi Jan, 32, a couple from Nambal area of Ashmuqam started from nothing. Now they have four employees working for them with the help of the UMEED scheme. The couple is very grateful to the government which helped them earn decently and live a respectable life as well as emerge as a source of livelihood for others.
Similarly, in village Marta of Ramnagar, District Udhampur, many women directly benefited from the UMEED scheme and they established their own businesses.