Authors of books with self-help groups are being trained to become correspondent banks, the Minister for Higher Education, Information Technology, Biotechnology, Skills Development, Entrepreneurship Development said on Thursday. and Livelihoods, Ashwath Narayan.
Speaking at a convention of members of the Federation of Sanjeevini Women’s Self-Help Groups (SHG) to mark International Women’s Day celebrations here, Mr Ashwath Narayan said the training of banking correspondents for Book Authors is part of measures taken by state and union governments to strengthen SHG.
“With this, banking activities can effectively reach the doorsteps of people living in the most remote parts of the state. These book authors will also receive a service charge for providing banking services and it will be a substantial amount,” he said.
The minister said the skills of 20 lakh SHG members are being upgraded and all SHG operations are being digitized. “Not only the Prime Minister but also others can view SHG operations using an app,” he said.
Mr. Ashwath Narayan said that developing the skills of SHG members and market access for SHG products continues to be a challenge. The state government is working to establish a certification program for SHG products that will give them credibility. The government is discussing with Flipkart and Amazon India to provide a marketplace link for SHG products, he said.
The Union Government has created an e-commerce portal for the sale of products produced by SHG members. State and Union governments strive to ensure that every SHG member earns at least ₹1 lakh per year, he said.
Y. Bharath Shetty, MLA for Mangaluru City North, and Kumara, Managing Director of Zilla Panchayat, were present.