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Kashmir, Haryana to learn from Andhra in poverty reduction

Posted on Dec 15, 09:56PM | IANS

Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana Saturday signed agreements with Andhra Pradesh to benefit from its success in economic and social empowerment of the rural poor, especially women.

The Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP), an autonomous society of the Andhra government's rural development department signed MoUs with the rural development developments of Kashmir and Haryana for providing support.

The MoUs for a three-year period under National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) partnership framework were signed in the presence of union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy here.

SERP is implementing Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP), a statewide community driven rural poverty reduction project to enable the poor to improve their livelihoods and quality of life through their own organizations.

Andhra Pradesh, which is leading in the women Self-Help Group (SHG) movement in the country, has already signed such MoUs with six states - Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.

According to a statement from the chief minister's office, SERP would soon sign MoU with Punjab.

SERP has been identified as national resource organisation for providing support in social mobilisation and institution building. It trains and provide community resource persons (CRPs), professional Resource Persons (PRPs) services and training cum field immersion assistance to the partner states.

The PRPs and CRPs, who are rural poor, are earning Rs.24,000 and Rs.21,000 per month respectively through the training and assistance programmes. SERP plans to position nearly 300 PRPs and 3,000 CRPs in next three years, taking their total earnings to Rs.250 crore.

Ramesh said Andhra Pradesh women have gone all the way to other states and now will go to Kashmir and Haryana. "Through women SHGs, we can bring peace and development to J and K," he said.

Kiran Kumar Reddy said women CRPs and PRPs have made Andhra Pradesh proud. He said the SHG movement in the state had won world acclaim.