Mysore, Feb. 2 (SH)- The Joint Director of District Industries Centre (DIC), Mysore District, M. Shivashankar has lamented that many government projects launched for promoting women`s self-reliance had not been utilised.

He was speaking after inaugurating a one-day awareness programme at Rotary Centre on JLB Road here on Saturday under the auspices of Women In Small Enterprise (WISE), women`s wing of Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).

Although many schemes have been launched and sponsored by Department of Industry and Commerce, Department of Women and Child Welfare, Department of Backward Classes and Nationalised Banks aimed at self-reliance of women entrepreneurs, they have failed to utilise the schemes satisfactorily, he observed.

The Central government has brought in a scheme on the lines of Prime Minister`s Rozgar Yojana (PMRY) for the sake of women entrepreneurs and nationalised banks are giving financial support of Rs. 25 lakh for manufacturing products and Rs. 10 lakh for services sector. The scheme can be availed of by any woman above 18 years without any restriction including income limits, he explained.

The State government is also giving five per cent grant to women entrepreneurs starting industries between 2009 and 2014, he disclosed, adding that women should make good use of these opportunities to become self-reliant.

R. Krishna, Chairman, MCCI, Rtn. Satish Kumar, President, Rotary Club of Mysore and Jayaram, Assistant Chief Manager, State Bank of Mysore, Mysore Zone, were the chief guests. Urmeela Venkatesh, President, WISE, presided.

Malini Srinivas proposed a vote of thanks. The office-bearers Srinidhi Murthy, Padmini Shivanna and Gayathri Keshav Rao were present.

Lokesh of District Industries Centre, N. Ravikumar, Chief Manager, State Bank of Mysore and MCCI Hon. Secretary H.D. Raghavendra took part in the awareness programme.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore