Didi Bagiya Scheme 2021: Jharkhand government has started a new Didi Bagiya scheme for women empowerment. This is a first of its kind initiative aimed at making nursery entrepreneurs. This will be done by providing proper training to the Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) under Didi Bagiya Yojana in rural areas of the state.
The saplings produced by these Self Help Groups will fulfill the need of various plantation schemes launched in Jharkhand. Through Didi Bagiya Yojana, State Govt. Will create employment for migrants who have returned home during the lockdown.
What is Didi Bagiya Yojana 2021 in Jharkhand
Didi Bagiya Yojana 2021 is an innovative initiative of the Rural Development Department of Jharkhand. Self Help Groups (SHGs) will be encouraged to become nursery entrepreneurs under this Didi Bagiya Yojana. Through Didi Bagiya Yojana, SHG women will be provided with training and technical assistance to set up and operate nurseries to ensure additional income.
As on 12th July 2021 more than 235 nurseries have been established in different districts of Jharkhand. Each newly established nursery has about 10,000 to 15,000 plants.
Jharkhand Didi Bagiya Yojana Convergence With MNREGA
Jharkhand Didi Bagiya Yojana has been conceptualized by the Rural Development Department. This scheme is made by the convergence of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS). Under Didi Bagiya Yojana, women entrepreneurs will get man days for the work done by them in their nursery.
As of 12 July 2021, around 235 nurseries have already been established and are expected to produce more than 25 lakh saplings next year. The objective of Didi Bagiya Yojana is to make Jharkhand state self-sufficient in the matter of plants. So far, the saplings being planted under various schemes of MNREGA are being procured from outside. Under Didi Bagiya Yojna, plants produced by SHG women under MGNREGA will be directly procured for plantation.
Benefits of Didi Bagiya Yojana in Jharkhand
Pushpa Devi (age 39 years) who is one of the beneficiaries of Didi Bagiya Yojna is preparing more than 10,000 saplings in her nursery by getting training from JSLPS. Didi Bagiya Yojana will be beneficial for women in the following ways:-
- Women will be paid for the work done in their nursery.
- Women will be able to earn money by selling each plant to the state government. Once it is ready.
For example – Pushpa Devi (one of the beneficiary) will be paid for the work done in her nursery and Rs. 80 for selling each plant after it is sold to the state government. Pushpa Devi is preparing sisam, mahogany, gamhar and mango saplings, which are required for planting under the Birsa Harit Gram Yojana of MGNREGA launched last year. A total of 192 saplings are planted in every acre of land under the Birsa Harit Gram Yojana.
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Financial assistance will be provided under MGNREGA for the next one and a half year for Jharkhand Didi Bagiya Yojana, which includes material required to set up nursery. All the saplings produced in these nurseries will mainly be given to MGNREGA schemes till financial assistance is provided under Didi Bagiya Yojana.