Saturday, September 11, 2004

Self help is the best help, says Governor (because government help won't be forthcoming?)

Kharar, September, 11:
PUNJAB Governor Justice O. P. Verma (retd) today hailed the efforts of self-help groups formed by landless labourers, Dalits and women belonging to the Jat-Sikh community at Doomcherri village, about 25 Kms from here.

Calling these groups as ‘agents of change and development’ for the state of Punjab, the Governor said the experiment of self-help groups has been a great success in Bangladesh also.

He said the Micro Credit Plan adopted by the self-help group can change the face of the country.

‘‘It is surprising that the success story of these villagers is not known in the state,’’ he said, while asking the state government and the district administration to encourage such self-help groups.

Verma, while appreciating the Manager of Regional Rural Bank (RRB) for adopting a visionary approach in educating the people regarding the new self-help scheme launched by the bank and becoming a catalyst in the new scheme, said such approach, if adopted by other banks while delivering their credit, will ensure that money will percolate to the right beneficiaries.

Governor, while exhorting the people to act as watchdog on the working of the administration, said people should assert their rights themselves.

Source: The Indian Express, September, 11, 2004


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