Rajahmundry: The efforts of Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal areas (MEPMA) in East Godavari district are yielding good results, a government official said.
The MEPMA, otherwise called as Urban Indira Kranthi Patham, is also working in strengthening the women self help groups (SHGs) in two municipal corporations and seven municipalities in the district, he said.
In East Godavari district alone, 16,180 SHGs were formed under the mutually-aided Cooperative Societies Act.
The state government will also provide loan to the tune of Rs 111 crore to 6,768 out of 16,180 groups in urban areas in the district in the current financial year.
So far, loans to the tune of Rs 30 crore have been disbursed to 1,784 groups through bank linkages, the official added.
In order to protect women from private lenders in Kakinada town, the banks are providing Rs 48 crore to assist 1200 SHGs.
The MEPMA is also concentrating on strengthening women in book-keeping ,food security and on various health aspects imparting training and so far 4,000 women were trained in the district and 550 more would be trained this year.
11,164 groups have been benefited under `Pavala Vaddi` scheme of the state government in the urban areas while 603 groups were formed in the district to bail out `differently-abled` persons.
Under the Self Employment Scheme for small businesses, MEPMA is also providing subsidised loans to the family members of the groups and 658 groups are benefited to an extent of Rs 8 crore.
According to the official, as a social security measure, kin of 118 deceased were awarded Rs 30,000 each under Janasri Bhima scheme.