Highlights:

  • The WB government is aiming to initiate a scheme for men, which is similar to the SHG operated by women
  • The cooperative banks will be facilitating loans to the interested candidates
  • The official clarified that a maximum of 10 men will be introduced in a group

The West Bengal government is looking forward to initiating a scheme for men, which is quite similar to the self-help groups (SHG) operated by women, informed a senior official on Thursday. The official informed that the SHGs for men, which is a “first-of-its-kind” initiative in the country will be named ‘Producers Group’.

The official described, “These groups will be engaged in conducting small businesses. The state government will be helping them through schemes offered by its different departments. Benefits of these schemes will be soon brought under one Umbrella, which could then be availed by men as they start a business of their own.”

Furthermore, the cooperative banks will be facilitating loans to the interested ones. The official added, “We are in talks with other banks, too. Men should be able to get loans easily as and when the new project is launched.”

On being questioned on what type of businessmen can pursue, the official suggested options ranging from horticulture, animal husbandry, food processing to transport and food restoration processes.

He clarified that a maximum of 10 men will be introduced in a group. Initially, the government is aiming to form a group of five. The scheme is likely to strengthen the state’s rural economy while keeping track of the migration of men to other states for jobs, according to the official.

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