PROJECT TITLE : The Formation of women food processing co-operative societies (WFPCS) and vocational training for skill up-gradation of marginalized women of south -west delhi.
The economic independence of women, paying special attention to their educational needs, improving access to health and nutrition and providing them with a sustained means of livelihood are the surest means of improving their status in society. In rural India, though women play a definite role in agricultural activity and they are often exploited. Despite the fact that steps towards the empowerment of women have been taken in the past by proposing reservation in political and economical spheres, as for example, in local bodies, the status of women in society continues to be behind that of men. There is general discrimination in the matter of wages and their affective participation in statutorily
PROJECT TITLE : constituted bodies like Panchayats and democratically elected bodies like co-operative continue to be far from satisfactory.
This project is in the background that the food processing sector is envisaged to be a very important vehicle for the socioæconomic upliftment and empowerment of women. The current project proposals targets proposed self employment for 5,000 women through 100 Women Food Processing Cooperative Societies WFPCS. The considerable experience has been gained in the management of WFPCS. As in the case of dairy, agriculture, the allied sector of food processing is also preponderantly managed by women, who are mostly associated with the job of looking after the home,
The co-operative of food processing development sector with its extensive coverage in the rural areas and equally extensive marketing network in urban and semi urban areas of Delhi, is the ideal structure for the implementation of this project specifically directed at the socio economic upliftment and empowerment of women by the organization of the Women (SNG) food processing Cooperatives. These institutions will not only provide a steady source of livelihood for women food processing, but will also give them socio - economic independence apart from democratically conferring leadership in the hands of women through the co operative societies.
- The proposed project envisages the formation of 100 Women in food processing Cooperative Societies (WFPCS) in addition to the existing WFPCS the area covered will be Salem,
- it is programmed to enrol women as members of the WFPCS and produce around 875 Kg bakery and Dairy products per day, from which they can earn about Rs.3.5 lakhs daily (taking the average rate as Rs 25 per Kg).
- The project proposes the exposure of women members of the WFPCS and project functionaries to various training programs, seminars, workshops and conferences to enable them to participate in co-operative dairying as a viable economic enterprise.
- The WFPCS formed under this program will be provided with health care, and child care through District Food processing' Unions. 100 WFPCS will be provided with Artificial Insemination facilities and the women employees of these societies will be trained to do Artificial insemination and the First Aid Coverage.
- The funds received from the Centre and State under various Plan and Non- Plan schemes will be utilized for providing raw material to these targeted groups.
- The Project cost per beneficiary will be Rs. 15,999/-
- The Project is estimated to cost approximately Rs.799.99 lakhs.
- The Project Director "STEP" and Deputy Managers of the respective District Unions will establish linkages with these newly formed WEPCK for any financial and operational assistance.
- The four training centers at South West Delhi will be formed and will be utilized for imparting training to the members of the WFPCS covering the functioning of the Cooperative Society, Secretary training, legal literacy, health and nutrition, First Aid cover, and Management of raw material.
- These 100 WFPCS will be viable and self-sufficient from the Il! year onwards and the Society will be instrumental in increasing the annual income of the women members through payment of dividend and bonus.
- The additional sources of income provided to 5,000 women members will result in increasing their individual income from Rs.4000/- to 40000/- per year by the end of the project.
- It is proposed to identify and select women beneficiaries from the data on SHAGS, trained by the Delhi Corporation for Development of Women and found willing to undertake food processing as a sustaining activity and they will be organized into WFPCS. In addition, it is also proposed to involve other SHGs even if they are not directly involved in Food Processing Development activities, in the marketing of the products. Women SHGs will also evolved in the marketing of their products as marketing agents on behalf of the District Unions. it is proposed to expand these activities under this project and establish linkages between the WFPCS and SHGs for marketing.
A committee to review the progress and implementation of the project will be formed with the following members.
- 1) Representative from Department of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
- 2) Special Commissioner for food Production & food processing Development.
- 3) Executive Director, Delhi Corporation for Development of Women.
- 4) Managing Directors of respective District Coop. Food Producers'