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Karnataka to train 18,000 SHG women on solid waste management

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Karnataka to train 18,000 SHG women

Under a massive training programme, as many as 18,000 rural women from Karnataka’s Self Help Groups (SHGs) will be trained in various aspects including solid waste management and solar power utilisation in rural areas. The training programme is being organised by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development (MGIRED), in association with the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, the Department of Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation, and the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

These women will be engaged as “Swachha Karmikas” by their local Gram Panchayats to carry out solid waste management duties like daily waste collection, waste segregation, Swaccha Vahini driving, and more.

The programme includes five days of classroom training and exposure trips. The goal of the programme is to provide SHG members with the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently administer “Swaccha Sankeerna” as a business module and to make the SWM unit self-sustaining, hence providing a source of financial assistance for SHG members.

Parameswar Hegde, Director ISA, RDWSD, is of the view that the classroom training that will be offered in all 30 districts this fiscal year would benefit 18,000 rural women, providing them with an alternative source of income. The programme is free of charge and includes travel, boarding, and accommodation for three women from each of the Gram Panchayats in Karnataka. This year, 600 batches will be covered with 30 women in each batch, with each batch costing between Rs 70,000 and Rs 1 lakh.

SHG members will learn about renewable energy sources, solid waste management, different composting technologies for wet waste, the idea of biogas for managing biodegradable waste, and the importance of menstrual health and its management after the training. The trained members are expected to carry out duties like waste segregation, wet waste composting and biogas unit management at their respective gram panchayats, which they learned during practical demonstrations.

Further, MoUs will be signed with the local Gram Panchayats for the trained women to be absorbed into the Gram Panchayat Level Federation.

(With inputs from PIB)

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