Hyderabad, February 16

The GHMC Urban Community Development (UCD) determined to make poor women of Greater Hyderabad limits financially self-sufficient and to lead a respectable life in the society. It aimed to give interest-free loans of Rs 250 crores to about 11,624 self-help groups in the present financial year and till date Rs 216 crore loans were disbursed through banks. With another 45 days left for the financial year to conclude, 75 per cent of loans were disbursed.

GHMC listed the top in interest-free loans distribution to women among all municipalities in the country. Along with giving bank loans, UCD also takes special measures in maintaining self-employment schemes, small scale industries, handicrafts and other small trades.

GHMC’s target is to provide Rs 19 crore loans to 906 women groups in LB Nagar of circle-3. By providing loans of Rs 32.73 crore to 1,121 groups, GHMC stood in first position. Secunderabad is in second position by giving Rs 14.60 crore loans to 635 women groups; Uppal is in third position by giving Rs 12.11 crore to 371 groups. This was followed by Malkajgiri, Alwal, Qutbullapur and Rajendranagar circles.

Interest-Free Loans

The remaining circles are lagging behind as the cash withdrawal was limited to Rs 24,000 only after note ban. Still UCD achieved remarkable development in loans distribution.

The women groups are also doing their part in making a clean Hyderabad by using the two dustbins provided by the government and segregating dry and wet garbage. 116 women members were made as Swachh CRPs to create awareness among the public about segregating dry and wet garbage before handing over it to garbage trolleys.

These community recourse persons (CRPs) will conduct meetings in their allotted wards and areas and enlighten people about cleanliness.

They are also playing a key role in street vendors maintenance, zones allotment to them, distributing identity cards. They are also giving Asara cards to senior citizens, extending special help to disabled persons, distributing equipments to them.

The CRPs have also taken the appreciable responsibility of reuniting separated couples (husband and wife) due to various reasons within Greater Hyderabad limits. The active CRPs are formed as social action teams for the purpose.

As part of this programme, UCD successfully organized a programme at Ravindra Bharati where it united 125 separate couples on January 25.

This is the first time in the city’s history that 160 separated couples were identified and 125 of them were reunited.

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