THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala government’s Kudumbashree initiative – considered as one of the largest women’s empowerment project in the country – plans to facilitate employment for 100,000 young people by the end of this financial year.
The aim is to achieve the target by March 31, 2014, through skill-based training and support for unemployed youth at each of Kudumbashree’s 1,072 Community Development Societies (CDS)- federated bodies at Panchayat and Municipal level, official sources said here.
“Kudumbashree has created a number of projects with the support of the National Rural Livelihood Mission. If each CDS can identify at least 150 unemployed young people between the ages of 18-35 from impoverished families in their neighbourhood groups and provide them job-oriented training and support we can easily achieve this target,” sources said.
One of their primary goals was to empower women through self-employment. Community farming has proven to be one of the most effective means of generating employment and Kudumbashree will continue to treat it, alongside entrepreneurship as an important means of sustained livelihood, sources said.
This year Kudumbashree plans to start 22 new rehabilitation centres for differently abled children from poor families under the flagship ‘Buds’ programme.
Kudumbashree also intends to expand the number of beneficiaries under the Asraya programme for rehabilitation of destitute and marginalised families under the second phase which will be rolled out soon. The project supports the poorest of the poor by providing them food, care for chronic illness and shelter, among other things.
The training programme for CDS chairpersons would focus on gender issues, security of women and children, waste management and control of communicable diseases. (Source: ET)