Kudumbashree turns 25: Celebrations to start with meeting of 3.09 lakh Neighbourhood Groups Thursday

Kudumbashree members performing 'Sinkari Melam' | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Kudumbashree, the Kerala government’s poverty eradication and women empowerment programme, is turning 25. The celebrations will kick-start on Thursday with a simultaneous meeting of 3.09 lakh Neighbourhood Groups, the fundamental unit of the all-women organisation.

As many as 45 lakh members and their families, auxiliary group members, Balasabha members and elderly neighbourhood group members will attend the meetings, named ‘Chuvadu’, said Kudumbashree Mission executive director Jafar Malik. Ministers and MLAs will also take part in the meetings.

They will discuss various issues in the meeting such as health, sanitation, the impact of the programme on their lives and areas for improvement.

The mission has planned several activities to mark the anniversary. It will end on May 17 with an international conclave.

Cultural and sports activities, ‘She Start’ to promote micro entrepreneurship, and a documentary on the 25 years of Kudumbashree are also in the pipeline.

Kudumbashree was set up in 1997 and is managed by the State Poverty Eradication Mission (SPEM) of the Government of Kerala.

Kudumbashree has a three-tier structure - Neighbourhood Groups (NHGs), Area Development Societies (ADS), and Community Development Societies (CDS).

In 2011, the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) recognised Kudumbashree as the State Rural Livelihoods Mission (SRLM).

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