Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said the goal of his administration is to make the women of J&K job creators instead of job seekers, and increase the contribution of women entrepreneurs to the GDP of the Union territory. Sinha was speaking at the launch of ‘SAATH’, a rural women enterprise acceleration programme, at Kashmir International Conference Complex here.
Under the SAATH initiative of the Jammu and Kashmir Rural Livelihoods Mission, 11,000 new self-help groups (SHGs) will be established across J&K. SHG women entrepreneurs will be provided mentoring and handholding through intensive training and capacity building workshops for upscaling their business ventures.
The LG observed that the specifically tailored platform ‘SAATH’ will be a major contributor to the socio-economic upliftment of women in rural and semi-urban areas.
Apart from making business ecologies thrive in rural areas, the programme will nurture existing enterprises into sustainable, high productivity ventures through skilling, mentoring and market linkages, he added.