Empowering women in Jharkhand's Naxal-hit villages

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 06:00 hrs

Better education and self-employment for tribals will help fight the Naxalism menace better.

In Jharkhand's Latehar District, the authorities are working tirelessly to improve the lives of tribal women by helping them to become self-reliant.

Jharcraft - a state government initiative - provides them not only jobs, but also an opportunity to grow.

As many as 190 women and girls, most of them from the Naxal-hit villages of Netarhat, Mahuwadand and Garu blocks, are being trained to make various craft items.

These women are happy as it is helping them to earn a livelihood.

"This has benefited us. Now, we don't stay idle after completing our household chores. After getting this training, we are now using our free time to make incense sticks. While this helps us in meeting our day-to-day requirements, it also helps us make good use of our free time," said Ruby Devi, a tribal woman.

Years of Maoist-led insurgency have affected the socio-economic development of tribals, especially women, to a large extent.

But now, with the efforts of government, the situation is changing for the better.

"We are trying to link these women with the Jharkhand industry department. It provides training from production to supply of materials. Associating women with such work will make them self-reliant. If they work hard they can earn up to Rs. 10,000 per month. They will no longer be dependent on pension and below poverty line schemes. This is the main aim of the district authority," said Aradhana Patnaik, Deputy Commissioner of Latehar.

Tribal women are now confident and ready to actively participate in the development of the area. (ANI)

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