Didi Bagiya Yojana 2021: Jharkhand government has launched a new Didi Bagia Yojana for women empowerment. This is a first of its kind initiative aiming to create Nursery Entrepreneurs. This would be done by providing proper training to women Self Help Group (SHG) under Didi Bagiya Yojana in rural areas of the state.
The plants produced by these SHGs will cater to the requirement of various plantation schemes launched in Jharkhand. Through Didi Bagia Yojana, the state govt. will create jobs for the migrants who returned home during the lockdown.
What is Didi Bagia Yojana 2021 in Jharkhand
Didi Bagia Yojana 2021 is an innovative initiative of Rural Development Department of Jharkhand. Under this Didi Bagiya Yojana, Self Help Groups (SHGs) would be encourage to become nursery entrepreneurs. Through Didi Bagia Scheme, training and technical help would be provided to establish and operate nurseries and ensure additional income to the SHG women.
Till 12 July 2021, more than 235 nurseries have already been established in different districts of Jharkhand. Each of newly established nurseries have around 10,000 to 15,000 plants.
Jharkhand Didi Bagiya Yojana Convergence with MGNREGA
Jharkhand Didi Bagia Yojana has been conceptualized by Rural Development Department. This scheme is made by 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 nurseries.
Till 12 July 2021, around 235 nurseries have already been established and are expected to produce more than 25 lakh saplings next year. Didi Bagia Yojana aims to make Jharkhand state self reliant in terms of saplings. So far, the saplings being planted under various schemes of MGNREGA are being procured from outside. With Didi Bagiya Yojana, the saplings produced by SHG women will be purchased directly for plantation under MGNREGA.
Benefits of Didi Bagia Scheme in Jharkhand
Pushpa Devi (age 39 years) who is one of the beneficiaries under Didi Bagia Scheme is preparing more than 10,000 saplings in her nursery after getting training from JSLPS. Didi Bagiya Yojana would be beneficial for the women in the following manner:-
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- Women will get paid for work done in their own nurseries.
- Women would be able to make money by selling each of the saplings to the state govt. once it is ready.
For eg – Pushpa Devi (one of the beneficiary) will get paid for work done in her own nursery and Rs. 80 on selling each sapling to state government after it is ready. Pushpa Devi is preparing saplings of Seasam, Mahogany, Gamhar and mango, which is required for plantation under Birsa Harit Gram Yojana of MGNREGA launched last year. Under Birsa Harit Gram Yojana, a total of 192 saplings in each acre of land is planted.
Financial support for Jharkhand Didi Bagia Yojana will be provided under MGNREGA for the next 1 and half years, which includes materials required for setting up the nursery. All the saplings prepared in these nurseries will be given primarily for MGNREGA schemes till financial support is being provided under Didi Bagiya Yojana.