In order to promote door to door digital banking and financial services in remote areas of the UT, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today launched Mission ‘One Gram Panchayat-One DIGI-Pay Sakhi’ in the UT, here at Jammu & Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Pampore.
Initially, the DIGI-Pay facility will be provided in 2000 remote villages of the UT and in the first phase, 80 women from Self Help Groups from across the Jammu and Kashmir Division have been selected as DIGI-Pay Sakhis.
On the occasion, the Lt Governor distributed 80 Aadhaar Enabled Payment Systems (AEPs) among the DIGI-Pay Sakhis under JKRLM. He also inaugurated a week-long training program for Krishi Sakhis and Pashu Sakhis on sustainable agriculture and livestock management.
Terming Nari Shakti’s social and economic independence as the bedrock of any nation’s progress, the Lt Governor said that the J&K government has started a mass movement for the socio-economic upliftment of women across the UT.
“These three new initiatives of Digi-Pay, Krishi, and Pashu Sakhi, besides several other programs of women empowerment such as Hausla, Tejaswini, UMEED, Rise Together will further accelerate efforts of J&K government in Empowering Women and making them key partner in UT’s development journey”, he added.
The Lt Governor outlined that DIGI-Pay Sakhi has introduced financial inclusion within the UT’s Self Help Group (SHG) ecosystem, creating much needed financial access points with greater transparency even in the remotest of the areas.
Apart from depositing money, the village population can also avail the benefits of the additional banking and financial services such as Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maandhan Yojana, registration of Kisan Credit Card etc, the Lt Governor added.
The Lt Governor underscored that it was due to the visionary efforts of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi Ji that the vast marginalized section of our country’s population got connected to the formal financial system through the Trinity of JAM- Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile.
We are following the ideals of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and creating new mediums to take the banking services to the doorsteps of the people. Sustained efforts to achieve financial inclusion have empowered the deprived sections by giving financial assistance, benefits of PM-Kisan, increased wages under MNREGA during the Corona pandemic, the Lt Governor observed.
While highlighting the contribution of women in the rural informal sector, the Lt Governor said the initiatives like Krishi Sakhi and Pashu Sakhi will go a long way in empowering our women in agriculture and the allied sector.
Asserting that the development of a family, society, region, country, world and humanity is incomplete without women empowerment, the Lt Governor said that the UT the administration is taking several ground-breaking steps to transform the lives of women of Jammu and Kashmir, especially those living in rural areas by engaging them into gainful livelihood interventions.
The Lt Governor also announced that a first of its kind, Women Industrial Estate will come up at Udhampur Industrial Estate, further strengthening the Women Entrepreneurs Ecosystem in J&K.
With increasing female literacy rate; providing access to quality education; encouraging more and more women to become entrepreneurs, and providing financial support for the upliftment of women, J&K is leading by an example in terms of women empowerment, he added.
The Lt Governor also made a special mention of women folks from across the UT who are inspiring others and lauded their contribution for building a developed and prosperous Jammu Kashmir.
On the occasion, the Lt Governor directed the Rural Livelihoods Mission, J&K to train DIGI-Pay Sakhis in 360° financial services training courses run by BSE in J&K.
On August 15, the country celebrated its 75th Independence Day with great festivity. Now, the golden opportunity of the next 25 years is before us for the centenary celebrations of Independence and we must strengthen our resolve to establish an egalitarian society without gender discrimination; giving women their due rights in the society, asserted the Lt Governor.
The way the new consciousness has come in the society, the goal of socio-economic independence of women can be achieved, he added.
Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, while speaking on occasion highlighted the Government’s vision for women empowerment in J&K. He listed out various initiatives taken and efforts afoot by the UT administration in that direction.
He urged the DIGI-Pay Sakhis to spread awareness among rural women to avail maximum benefits of various central and UT schemes. He said that the Digi-Pay Sakhis will have a key role in giving wings to the dreams of rural women in becoming independent and progressive women.
Earlier, Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar, Mission Director, JKRLM gave a detailed presentation on the targets and plan for empowering Krishi Sakhis, Pashu Sakhis, and DIGI-Pay Sakhis. She said that under UMEED scheme, rural women are being empowered and are becoming entrepreneurs, showing the path to many other women.
Sh Reyaz Ahmad Beigh, Additional Mission Director, JKRLM delivered the vote of thanks.
Sh. Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj; Sh. Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor; Sh. Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Sh. Baseer-ul-Haq Chaudhary, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, besides a large number of members of SHGs were present on the occasion.
Centre to make Rs 60,000 crore investment in J&K in next 2-3 years: Union MoS Rajeev Chandrashekhar
The Jammu and Kashmir government Saturday said the Centre has “formulated a plan to spend Rs 60,000 crores in the union territory alone in next 2 to 3 years” through which the UT “will see new circle of development prosperity”.
A government handout said the amount “will be utilized to create employment generating avenues, inspire youth to establish micro income generating units and boost local economy”.
These remarks were made by Union Minister of State for Skill Development Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrashekhar while addressing a gathering of ITI and polytechnic students in a convention cum seminar organized in his honor at ITI Complex Wadipora Budgam.
“I have observed and personally witnessed that the local youth of Kashmir are full of talent and skill. They need to be inspired, show interest in getting highly skilled training, be energetic as there are enormous opportunities of employment generation available,” the Minister said.
Chandrashekhar claimed, “about 8 lakh new jobs were created since 1st April 2020 to 30th April 2021 in IT and manufacturing sectors”.
” It is our mission, goal and solemn promise to strengthen the entrepreneurship diversification as it has a great economic prospects to absorb youth in various fields, ” he added.
The Minister appealed aspiring youth to “be committed, positive in approach and remain enthusiastic to realize and fulfill every dream”.
Principal Secretary Skill Development Department Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, DC Budgam Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Director Skill Development Department, SSP Budgam, Principal ITI Budgam and other District Officers were present on the occasion.
The Minister said “ministers visiting UT of J&K have an objective to check the situation relating to developmental and other aspects on ground”.
“This is PM’s initiative and revolutionary first of its kind mission particularly for UT of J&K,” the Minister added.
Chandrasekhar further asserted, “We came here with professional objective and ambition to deliver, our visits shall emerge result oriented.”
The minister lauded concerned J&K authorities for the “enormous work done in skill development” even as he said more boost and push was needed in the sector.
“Budgam has potential and talent which they have showcased through incredible skills,” he added.
The Minister inspected automobile training centre of ITI Budgam besides the stalls installed by the skilled youth demonstrating and displaying manufacturing skills, talent and professionalism in respective art and trades.
Later, the Minister presided a meeting of officers convened at Conference Hall Budgam where a detailed review of each sector was under taken scheme wise. The DC Budgam through a detailed power point presentation presented developmental and welfare scenario of the District.
The Minister while going through the details appreciated the District Administration and its officials in achieving the given targets, despite facing inconveniences due to COVID 19 crisis and other circumstances. He impressed up on the District Administration to continue its engagements with same spirit, conviction and dedication.
He appreciated the “extreme professionalism shown by District Administration officials in implementation of centrally and state sponsored schemes under the able leadership of DC Budgam”.
District Budgam shall be pilot district for introduction of new skill development courses, the Minister announced.
He claimed the courses “will take district to next level of achievement”.
During the meeting various deputations from across the district including political representatives, PRI’s, school students, common citizens apprised the Minister about their issues and grievances verbally as well as by submitting memorandums.
As per the government handout, the minister patiently listened to all individuals /deputations and assured them of early redressal of all genuine issues. On the occasion the Minister also launched mobile application Aurzov (Healthcare mobile app.), Meri Awaaz (water bodies conservation), Covid Care service Budgam and e-Services Portal.
17-yr-old boy drowns to death in Ganderbal
On Friday afternoon, a 17-year-old boy drowned to death in Nallah Sindh in Duderhama of Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
An official said that a teenage boy identified as Mohammad Azam Shah, son of Kaisar Ahmad Shah from Bamloora, drowned in Nallah when he was taking a bath.
A police officer also confirmed the incident and said that a massive rescue operation was launched following the incident, and the body was fished out.
The body was later handed over to his family members after competition of legal formalities.
Advisor Baseer Khan inaugurates M S Dhoni Academy in Srinagar
Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan today launched the M S Dhoni Cricket Academy at DOON International School (DIS) Srinagar.
Chairman DIS, Showkat Hussain Khan, Principal DIS, Mehfooz Aslam, Managing Director Aarka Sports Management, Mihir Diwakar, coaches and players of international repute were present on the launching ceremony.
Advisor Baseer Khan who was Chief Guest on the occasion said that it is a big moment for the entire Union Territory that M S Dhoni Cricket Academy has come to Srinagar. “The Academy will provide an opportunity to the aspiring and budding cricketers and a perfect coaching venue with modern infrastructure for the cricket lovers to groom young cricketing talent in Kashmir under the supervision of expert coaches and the legendary master M S Dhoni, for the first time,” Advisor said.
Advisor said it is going to be one of the biggest platform for cricket enthusiasts in the valley and will provide an opportunity to hone the cricketing skills of the aspiring cricketers.
He said that the academy which is being established as a chain of academies will have an overwhelming response over a period of time and is the best thing that has happened to cricket in Jammu and Kashmir.
Advisor Baseer Khan said that he is confident that the academy will produce world class cricketers from the UT of Jammu and Kashmir who will represent the country at national and international levels.
He said that the people of UT have a special attraction for sports and cricket happens to be at the top.
He also said that the launching of the academy will be remembered from the perspective of cricket lovers and this is a happy moment for cricketers in the UT.
Mihir Diwakar while giving a brief of the progress of the M S Dhoni Academy said that the aim of the academy is to benefit the student community and promote their cricketing skills to the next level.
Principal DOON said the school is leaving no stone unturned to promote sporting excellence in cricket in the valley. He expressed gratitude to the Advisor Baseer Khan for his support and lauded his contribution to the field of Cricket.
On the occasion, a felicitation ceremony was also held during which students were felicitated by the Advisor as a recognition of their excellent performances.
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