Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Goa will soon be on the digital map with NABARD launching the EShakti project recently for digitisation of the groups. The pan-India project is being implemented in 100 districts in a phased manner.
In Goa both the districts – north and south Goa are a part of the project. The implementation of the project is by the Mineral Foundation of Goa and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Dona Paula.
Launching the EShakti project, Jayesh Salgaonkar, minister, rural development, emphasized the government’s commitment to implement schemes for the benefit of women empowerment. He called upon bankers, officials and media to make women aware of the schemes as he pointed out that people are not taking advantage of welfare schemes due to lack of awareness.
VR Khusro, general manager, officer-in-charge, NABARD, pointed out that once the digitization of SHGs is completed all stakeholders will have access to the SHG data through NABARD’s web portal. “Banks will be able to take quick loan decision and SHGs will have improved access to credit and non-financial services,” he said.
The participants in the launch event included, Sanjay Goel, secretary, rural development, Goa, RG Borah, chief general manager, RBI, Mumbai, ST Kannan, general manager, RBI, Goa, regional heads of banks and government officials.