NABARD Punjab Regional Office, Chandigarh celebrated International Women’s Day 2020 on 06 March 2020. Shri J K Pandey, Regional Director, RBI was the Chief Guest of the event and Smt. Poonam Amrit Singh, Station Director, AIR, Chandigarh was the Special Guest. To commemorate this day, NABARD sponsored women SHGs group, Bank Sakhis and FPO members were invited. Folk music and dance performances were made by the SHGs members. Mehndi stall by SHG group was the attraction of the event.
Welcoming the Chief guests Shri J P S Bindra, Chief General Manager NABARD, wished the gathering on International Women’s Day 2020 and briefed about this year theme “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Right”. He apprised about NABARD’s journey and contributions in nurturing and promoting SHGs, FPOs, Skill Development Programmes in the state. He informed that NABARD is playing a leading role in SHG Bank Linkage Programme for the last 28 years and has facilitated formation and saving linkage of around 50000 and credit linkage of 31300 SHGs in the state of Punjab. NABARD facilitates the SHGs to avail institutional credit to take up economic activities, imparts skill and entrepreneurship through various Micro Entrepreneurship Development Programmes and facilitates the SHGs graduate to micro-entrepreneurs. During the last one decade, we have also started forming Farmers’ Producer Organisations (FPOs) to increase farmer’s income. A few of our FPOs have successful women farmers.
Sh. J K Pandey, Regional Director, RBI congratulated NABARD for celebrating the day. He expressed that, SHG movement led by NABARD has played vital role in upliftment of rural women in country. He indicated that now more number of women are joining the main stream for the development and socio-economic growth of the country.
Smt. Poonam Amrit Singh, Station Director, AIR, Chandigarh appreciated NABARD’s contribution for women empowerment. She spoke about the women’s role in development of the society.