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Can't have saving institutions for men: Jairam Ramesh

Publish Date: 29 Nov 2012, 07:19 PM
Last Updated: 29 Nov 2012, 07:19 PM
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NRLM meant only for women: Jairam
NRLM meant only for women: Jairam

New Delhi: "Women save money, men spend. We can't have saving institutions for men," Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Thursday. He said this while rejecting Kerala's Congress-led Government's demand that the funds allocated under National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) for poverty alleviation programme in the state should be extended to male-centric missions too.

"NRLM is for women, not for men. This is official. Kerala Government wants to open NRLM to men and I will say no. NRLM is for women. The essence of SHG (Self Help Group) explains it. Women save it, men spend. We can't have saving institutions for men," the Minister said at Livelihood India Conference here.

Kerala is witnessing a controversy over the issue as Kerala Rural Development Minister K C Joseph had earlier lashed out at Ramesh for his firm stand that the central funds for the state-level poverty eradication and women empowerment missions would be made available to only "Kudumbashree".

Ramesh's strong support to Kudumbashree, the state's nodal agency for NRLM, has disappointed sections in the state Congress who have been complaining that Kudumbashree has been hijacked by the CPI(M).

They also want alleged pro-Congress "Janasree Mission" to be considered for liberal central support.

During his interactions with the delegates, Ramesh also said, "We have to be very very careful about how to spend public money" and cautioned against "political capture which is certainly one threat" that the SHG organisations face in some states.

Joseph had taken a strong exception to Ramesh's stand that it would be difficult for the Centre to provide funds for any agency other than Kudumbashree, which has a successful track record over the years.

Alleging that Ramesh did not heed to the state's views on the matter, Joseph had said the state government would not beg from the central government.

During his visit to the state capital last month, Ramesh had taken a firm stand that there was no question of the Centre permitting replacement of Kudumbasree Poverty Eradication Mission by any other agency.

(Agencies)

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  • Bhavya Found05 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    Requesting Prime Minister to sack this minister for his male-hater attitude. Does he have guts to say that something is not for women?..... Does this minister have right to discriminate men? The time has come for men to understand that they should stop taking responsibility of nation, society, family and children.

  • MIL05 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    The minister is a great feminists who only thinks that all women are from heaven and all men from hell. He should take some lessons on gender equality.

  • avinash patil05 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    The whole objective of NRLM is being redefined. We are bound to have negative repercussions. Lets not move to a dark age where survival of the fittest would be required and obviously there would be disparity in income after a decade and we would try to rectify the same by a) Setting up Rehabilitation centers for poor Men Married/Unmarried & b) Create new vote bank by having a special Subsidy scheme for the same. Jairam Ramesh Sir - Would request you to think long term & take a holistic approach

  • Avinash05 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    Mr Jairam, shame on you. Looks like you've become minister without having any ability. You should go and study about the mission of NRLM. It's not for gender specific. It's for every Indian. People like you are creating pollution in Indian society.

  • Sandesh Chopdekar04 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    Seems he thinks all men are sycophants like him.

  • kiran04 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    Men - Who will protect our country (Soldiers) Men - Who will take care of Family when they are with parents. And later wife and children after marriage Men - Who is Running this Country by paying Major Tax Men - Who is Serving Judges, Lawyers, Police, Govt Employee, Private Employee, Prime minister, Chief Minister Men are Son , Father, Brother Husband etc Just imagine Men are doing so much and even a single is not present if he gets in to some false case, People is power will survive just imagine Some one like Arvind Kejriwal, and Anna Hazare even they are Men whole Politics are Avoiding them and troubling not even a single law is there to protect Innocent men.

  • WR04 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    What kind of cheap gimmick is this by a cabinet minister. Out of context and out of place. He is the wrong guy at the wrong place commenting about stuff he cares the least. Politicising everything would not developed a country make. Learn!

  • WR04 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    What kind of cheap gimmick is this by a cabinet minister. Out of context and out of place. He is the wrong guy at the wrong place commenting about stuff he cares the least. Politicising everything would not developed a country make. Learn!

  • Mra Rukma Chary P04 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    Jairam, Go back to your desk and read the mission of NRLM: it is not specific to any gender.....why not for MEN? NRLM implementation is in a Mission Mode. This enables (a) shift from the present allocation based strategy to a demand driven strategy enabling the states to formulate their own livelihoods-based poverty reduction action plans, (b) focus on targets, outcomes and time bound delivery, (c) continuous capacity building, imparting requisite skills and creating linkages with livelihoods opportunities for the poor, including those emerging in the organized sector, and (d) monitoring against targets of poverty outcomes. As NRLM follows a demand driven strategy, the States have the flexibility to develop their livelihoods-based perspective plans and annual action plans for poverty reduction. The overall plans would be within the allocation for the state based on inter-se poverty ratios.

  • Mra Rukma Chary P04 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    Jairam, Go back to your desk and read the mission of NRLM: it is not specific to any gender.....why not for MEN? NRLM implementation is in a Mission Mode. This enables (a) shift from the present allocation based strategy to a demand driven strategy enabling the states to formulate their own livelihoods-based poverty reduction action plans, (b) focus on targets, outcomes and time bound delivery, (c) continuous capacity building, imparting requisite skills and creating linkages with livelihoods opportunities for the poor, including those emerging in the organized sector, and (d) monitoring against targets of poverty outcomes. As NRLM follows a demand driven strategy, the States have the flexibility to develop their livelihoods-based perspective plans and annual action plans for poverty reduction. The overall plans would be within the allocation for the state based on inter-se poverty ratios.

  • Mukesh kumar04 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    I am not surprised by this comment of Ramesh as given his history Indians know what kind of comment he can make. Recently has has made a comment that Toilets are more important then Temple, could he had compared it with Mosque or churches? No, so these are just mimics to get cheap publicity by hurting to majority as given the liberal nature of Indians anyone who can hurt to majority is a great leader. This is really pitty on India.

  • Mukesh04 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    I am not surprised by this comment of Ramesh as given his history Indians know what kind of comment he can make. Recently has has made a comment that Toilets are more important then Temple, could he had compared it with Mosque or churches? No, so these are just mimics to get cheap publicity by hurting to majority as given the liberal nature of Indians anyone who can hurt to majority is a great leader. This is really pitty on India.

  • JB04 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    This is really sad that a Cabinet Minister has said so Anti-Men comments. Constitutionally, what he has said is wrong as NRLM is not gender biased, the minister is. NRLM Guiding Principles are: 1. Poor have a strong desire to come out of poverty, and they have innate capabilities. 2. Social mobilization and building strong institutions of the poor is critical for unleashing the innate capabilities of the poor. 3. An external dedicated and sensitive support structure is required to induce the social mobilization, institution building and empowerment process. 4. Facilitating knowledge dissemination, skill building, access to credit, access to marketing, and access to other livelihoods services underpins this upward mobility. http://aajeevika.gov.in/mission.html

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