including Saroj Devi,gheraoed(picketed) the police station broke down its gates and insisted that arrests be made she said In 2016 she contested localpanchayatelections — and won by 288 votes Nowhere to go but up The emergence of Bihar’s most marginalised women in a state that has consistently remained at the bottom of the statistics sweepstakes is significant Despite the data women are visible everywhere — asserting themselves on the streets in the field cycling to school or running small stalls at bazaars andhaats Bihar has India’s worst female labour force participation and as with the rest of India women have been dropping off the employment map despite rising educational levels and economic betterment Source: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation But on other parameters there is a clear movement upwards over the past decade Bihar has not caught up with the rest of the country but over a decade literacy is up by over 10 percentage points the proportion of women who marry before the age of 18 has fallen and more women have a bank account that they themselves use Bihar’s Women Better Off Than Decade Ago But Behind National Average Indicator Bihar(2005-06) Bihar (2015-16) India(2015-16) Women who are literate 37% 496% (706% urban 463% rural) 684% Women aged 20-24 who married before 18 60% 391% (269% urban 409% rural) 268% Women who have experienced spousal violence 59% 432% (402% urban 437% rural) 288% Women with a bank account they themselves use 8% 264% (369% urban 246% rural) 530% Women with below normal BMI 45% 304% (222% urban 318% rural) 229% Married women who take part in household decisions 69% 752% (776% urban 748% rural) 840% Source: National Family Health Survey 4 2015-16 and National Family Health Survey 3 2005-06 It would be far-fetched to credit Jeevika with these gains but they do coincide with the launch of the project in 2007 “Women’s agenda is critical for Nitish Kumar as they have emerged as a constituency he wants to capture” said Shaibal Gupta member-secretary of the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) a Patna think tank In the 2015 state elections 605 percent of Bihar’s female voters voted; 549 percentof men did To woo this constituency Nitish has a basket of schemes: Cycles for girls to go to school; increased representation for women in panchayats and municipal elections from 33 to 50 percent; a promise to reserve 35 percentof all state government jobs for women in addition to the 35 percentreserved for them in the police Targeting women from rural households in six of Bihar’s poorest districts Jeevika began in 2007 with three objectives Chief of these was the social empowerment of the poorest rural households followed by economic empowerment and poverty reduction The programme now runs across Bihar’s 38 districts and 534 blocks Jeevika’s structure is a bottom up approach: 10-15 women organise as a SHG to take loans on interest and obtain credit from banks They also form producer organisations centred around an economic activity such as honey production or making low-cost solar lamps for students Twenty to 30 of these SHGs form a village organisation while 25 to 35 village organisations band together as a federation of SHG clusters Amola Devi heads one such federation called the Ekta Sankul Sangh with 7000 members from four village panchayats Income from the interest alone for this federation is around Rs 100000 per month When the women repay loans the interest is distributed to all levels so that village and cluster groupings receive a share Weekly meetings are mandatory and records must be maintained It is here that women meet to discuss social issues from child marriage to sanitation On 2 October 2017 they pledged to end dowry a practice entrenched in Bihar But starting off wasn’t easy After initial resistance from families women stepped out “Bihar has had a culture of restricting the movement of women Even in the villages women were confined to their homes and its periphery” said Archana Tiwari Jeevika’s state project manager social development “So the men were suspicious; they wanted to know what we were teaching the women” Many who joined in the early days didn’t tell their husbands or else braved their resistance When Phulwa Devi joined in 2009 her mother-in-law taunted her and asked if she was going to ‘spend her time roaming around in the gallis (bylanes) of the village’ But when Phulwa Devi took a loan of Rs 100000 to set up a hardware shop for her husband he began to recognise what she had done “He said to me ‘You have done for me what even my own parents couldn’t do’” she said For the first time women were stepping out of their homes out of the villages and over time out of the state to travel on work to mobilise and train other women in similar projects “These are women who never used to step out of their homes unless it was to work in the fields visit relatives or for some social function” said Balamurugan D an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer presently on deputation as Jeevika’s CEO “Now these women go to other states and stay there for as long as three months” The women are discovering a world beyond their villages “For the first 15 days that I was in Jharkhand I couldn’t figure out what the women were saying to me whether they were asking me to sit or walk” said Phulwa Devi who has been to Jharkhand four times and Uttar Pradesh once But travel for many women is more than just a discovery of India “When we go out of the state together we can’t ask each other what’s your caste We cannot say ‘but I cannot eat or drink water with you’” said Saroj Devi Balamurugan concurred “You can see the impact on caste and gender barriers in a big big way” he said “Today when you look at a group of 12 women you cannot tell who is upper caste and who is lower caste Everybody sits and works together” Moonma Devi said she had been to Kerala to participate in an SHG mela taking with her Bihar’s delicacy of litti-choka In 10 days she said she had notched up sales worth Rs 232000 Yet there was a time she said ‘when I couldn’t even dream of buying bangles’ The word ‘loan’ no longer frightens Jeevika’s women Jeevika claims to be India’s largest movement of SHGs Modeled on the Andhra Pradesh SHG movement it now trains community mobilisers in other states such as Jharkhand Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh Jeevika is “the only project to invest in social capital for Bihar at this scale” explained Balamurugan “You cannot create impact in a state like Bihar without scale and right now we can say with conviction that we have created an impact” he said Amola Devi laughed when she recalled her initiation into the Jeevika movement in 2007 She was suspicious when they came to ask her to set aside Rs 10 a week as her personal savings “I had seen so many thugs who would come and say ‘give us money we will invest for your daughter’s wedding’ and then they would just disappear with your money” she said When she finally relented and opened a bank account for the first time in her life they asked her to take a loan “The word ‘loan’ is frightening” she said In Bihar’s informal village economy where interest rates can be as high as 120 percentper year it’s easy to see why Asking for her first loan Rs 1500 to repair a hand-pump wasn’t easy But she reckoned she could pay the 24 percentinterest in small installments Then came another loan request for Rs 6000 to redeem the piece of land she had mortgaged to pay for her mother’s funeral rites The third loan for Rs 7000 got her a pair of buffaloes By the time she applied for Rs 30000 to buy her son a ‘DJ baja’ (soundbox) it felt like she had been taking and paying off loans for a long time About 11 percentof all Jeevika loans go towards paying off older usurious loans taken from commercial village money-lenders Wife of a daily wage labourer Kanti Devi of Barah village promptly paid off a loan she had taken at 120 percent “The interest was pushing us further into poverty and we couldn’t even afford to send our seven children to school” she said The informal money-lender has since slashed his interest rate by half to 60 percentper annum Saleha Khatoon the wife of a migrant furniture polisher who works in West Bengal borrowed Rs 1500 the first time to buy medicine for her child She has since then paid off the mortgage on her land and when her husband fell seriously ill took a loan of Rs 40000 for medical care All her children are in school; the eldest a daughter completing a BA degree In a state where 304 percentwomen are malnourished some women reported taking loans for their own medical treatment When she hurt her head after falling off a cycle Saroj Devi said she was unhappy with the quality of medical care in Gaya and so took a Rs 20000 loan to seek medical treatment for herself at Ranchi the capital of neighbouring Jharkhand Perhaps most remarkable is Sheela Devi the wife of a casual labourer In 2009 when her 22-year-old son Surendra Kumar then a tourist guide at Bodhgaya told her he wanted to go to Delhi to learn Mandarin she said no “It was out of the question how was I to raise so much money” she said The son played the emotional card “Why did you give birth to me if you didn’t want to educate me” he told her Sheela Devi said she couldn’t sleep that night The next day she asked her SHG for a loan of Rs 80000 Combined with her savings she bought her son an air-ticket — not to Delhi but China If he wanted to learn Mandarin he would do it properly her way Nobody in her family had ever taken a flight anywhere Anecdotally it would seem that when Jeevika women take loans it is for a range of reasons from house repairs paying off older debt making capital investments and setting up small businesses Some of these are run by their husbands or sons Renu Devi’s husband worked as a casual labourer in the fields of Kurmawa village until she joined an SHG in 2008 With her first loan of Rs 5000 she set up a hair salon for her husband A second loan of Rs 25000 went into expanding that salon to make it “fancy” When her son started his own beauty parlour she took another loan of Rs 50000 Over the years she said she has taken loans of over Rs 200000 All have been paid off but she herself does not run any of the businesses she has financed for her son and husband Chintu Kumar the husband of Sunita Kumari from Khizarsarai has an ice-cream business that employs 16 vendors in peak season when sales touch Rs 10000 a day Capital for the business came from Sunita’s SHG loan Does she work “When she can help me with my ice-cream business where is the need for her to go out and work elsewhere” he said More recently said Vinay Kumar Vutukur senior agriculture specialist World Bank the women are being trained to set up and run enterprises like backyard poultry and high-value agriculture as well as non-farm work like bee-keeping The women own and run these enterprises and to date nearly 270000 women’s producers groups have been trained Success has spawned new challenges While scale has been an important factor Jeevika’s success owes much to the innovative thinking of those who run it For instance the programme has a social-afforestation project where the women receive wages through Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) – India’s make-work programme – funds to plant and maintain trees that they will own after five years Another partnership between Jeevika Nidan a non-profit and GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) provides wheat mixed with rice and pulses and fortified with minerals and vitamins for anganwaadis Women work at the fortification plant at Sahadevkhap village Gaya district Bihar Village organisations receive a health-risk fund and a food-security fund that enables women to collectively buy foodgrain during peak season and store it for lean times In the early years this led to some confusion recalled Tiwari When a group of three women approached a rice wholesaler to buy 200 quintals of grain the trader thought they were wasting his time: Since when had a woman ever purchased grain in bulk But the women would not be fobbed off and showed him their cheque book before beating him down to a good price Jeevika has succeeded in a state with weak administration and widespread corruption “It has created a robust structure from the grassroots level” said ADRI’s Shaibal Gupta From the choice of the districts – chosen because of poverty and need and not political influence – to the young professionals hired at market salaries Jeevika has been the “only one of its kind in Bihar if not in the entire country” said Gupta “The best idea in the world will fail if it is not executed well” said Arvind Kumar Chaudhury secretary department of rural development and former Jeevika CEO for seven of its 10 years “We hired the best people to implement this project because from the beginning it was clear to us that the poor should not be served poorly” Paramveer Singh a 2012 graduate from the Institute of Rural Management Anand has seen Jeevika progress since he joined in May 2012 “The reason why we were able to scale up so successfully was that we developed resources at the community level” he said Over time the project exposed women to institutions and entitlements like banks panchayati raj and the MGNREGA “It brought in a new level of empowerment where women who had never moved beyond their homes now demand meetings with bank managers or district magistrates to discuss their problems” said Singh Is there a downside “When you start doing things on such a large scale it’s a challenge to keep it at the same level and quality” said Balamurugan The expectation that the Jeevika project will deliver on a range of issues from prohibition to sanitation is also challenging But the real key to Jeevika’s success lies with the women themselves The project has never issued doles and loans are paid back with interest (recently brought down to 12 percent from 24 percent) It’s the didis who decide on loans administer the repayment organise weekly meetings along with book and record-keeping practices They hire the community mobilisers and pay for their salaries “The idea is to create a community of empowered women who are entirely self-reliant and able to sustain the project even after it is over” said Singh Leadership is rotated to prevent monopolies and favouritism Added Chaudhury: “The women know that this is not a subsidy They know that they have to sit down and solve their own problems” And they do When Ramchandra Thakur of Sharwada village sold the cycle that his wife bought from an SHG loan in order to buy liquor in the pre-prohibition days the SHG declared him an offender and stopped his wife’s access to loans When a mukhiya a village headman siphoned Rs 50000 in SHG funds to contest a panchayat election that he eventually lost the women landed up at his doorstep shaming him by beating thaalis or steel plates The mukhiya has since returned Rs 27000 and has promised to pay back the rest in installments of Rs 5000 Nobody not even the head of a village messes with the Jeevika didis Written by Agencies | London | Published: April 30 2012 5:26 pm Top News ‘We Found Love’ hitmaker Rihanna has reportedly landed herself a villainous role in the next “Fast and Furious” movie to be directed by Justin Lin The 24-year-oldwho made her Hollywood debut in the sci-fi thriller ‘Battleship’is said to star in the sixth instalment of the hit action franchisereported Contactmusic Rihanna will play the role of a femme fatale alongside the regular cast – Paul WalkerVin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson “Rihanna impressed with her acting debut in Battleship Writers think she’ll be perfect for the role Her character has plenty of bite and doesn’t take any prisoners – just like her in real life It’s a step up the ladder for her and could lead to bigger action roles” a source said The film will be shot in London For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: March 29 2017 3:47 am Top News The state government claimed Tuesday that as many as 485 drug-peddlers had been arrested and 387 cases registered under the NDPS Act as part of its crackdown against drugs A statement issued by the CMO said “SHO-level teams backed by CIA and Anti-Narcotics Cell units have been formed in every district to implement the government’s campaign to wipe out drugs from the state in four weeks” The Chief Minister has directed the state agencies to coordinate with central agencies such as the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the Customs Department to check the supply and smuggling of drugs into the state from other parts of India and abroad said the statement It said that during the period between March 16 (the day the new state government was sworn in) and March 27 a total of 3945 kgs of heroin was recovered in raids by special teams formed as part of the campaign This includes 1 kg of heroin seized by the BSF Other drugs seizures made during this period include poppy husk (622555 kgs) smack (0528 kgs) Charas (222 kgs) Opium (2439 kgs) Bhang (1879 kgs) and Ganja (656 kgs) The special teams have also recovered 133 bottles of syrup 1075 injections and 90993 capsules/pills packed with drugs besides 11224 kg of intoxicant powder during the said period the statement said The maximum of 63 cases were registered in Jalandhar Rural district from where the maximum recovery of 725 kgs of opium besides 1 kg of heroin by BSF at the border have been reported For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Seema Chishti | Published: April 29 2013 12:19 am Related News What the upcoming assembly elections could presage for 2014 Karnataka goes to polls on May 5with results expected on May 8 Each day brings with it new possibilities of alignment and realignmentand other tantalising signals for 2014 The run-up to 2014 has almost become an absorbing spectator sportwith parties in overdrive on prime ministerial candidate selection An election for a big state could bring an element of reality into such fantasy politics Assembly elections dont really mattersay the losers of all state elections Reflect back on the BJPs successes in three assembly polls in November 2003which had prompted the NDA to bring forward the general elections We can all clearly recall what happened in the general elections that ended in May 2004 Socould Karnataka 2013 offer clues for 2014 Karnatakawith 224 assembly seats and 28 Parliament seatshas often been the opposite of a bellwether state But this timewith the two main national parties and a serious third party in the frayit mirrors the national faultlines It is also a litmus test for the general electionsbecause corruption has been a prominent issue in the stateleading to the departure of its former chief ministerBS Yeddyurappa Its durability as an election issue could be tested here In the heyday of Indira GandhiKarnataka saw a dynamic chief ministerDevraj Urswho came to power in 1972 Not belonging to the dominant Vokkaliga or Lingayat communityhis politics were broader than just winning either of the two influential castes Under himpolitics became a matter of bringing together caste alliances and other interests His land reforms and grooming of a wide section of the present Karnataka leadership ensured that the state voted for the Congress even after 1977when most parts of India rejected Indira Gandhi It was Urs who offered Indira Gandhi Chikmagalur in 1978as a comeback constituency It proved to be the run-up to Delhi In later yearswhen the NDA ruled DelhiKarnataka was happy with SM Krishna Yetafter the UPA came to the Centrethe Janata Dal (Secular) and then the BJP have found favour with Karnataka voters Unlike the four other big assembly elections to follow this year all expected to be straightforward bipolar contests Karnatakas two-party equation is disrupted by a powerful third elementthe JD(S) Known to have impacted results in the pastthe JD(S) is no pushover and it is unclear whether it will enter into an understanding with a larger party The state BJP was badly hit by Yeddyurappas departure and his setting up of a parallel partythe Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) Yeddyurapa appears to have one goal to demonstrate his utility to the BJP Thushe has a deep interest in his former partys misfortune The BJPs spectacular campaign had been spearheaded by Yeddyurappa over the years His loss will weaken any pitch the party makes to return to power Both the JD(S) and the KJPif not making the contest four-corneredwill test both big parties for their ability to make alliancesoffer concessions to smaller but crucial playersor plough ahead on their own This would be useful practice for 2014 The corruption issue affected Yeddyurappas governmenthis own political fortunes and his friends in the mining industry The Lokayukta report triggered off the crisis in partoffering a disturbing picture of crony capitalism and reflecting the political influence of the mining mafia in several parts of the state In this casethe BJP was in the line of fire But the same issues have dramatically changed the landscape for the UPA at the national level So how the electorate responds to corruption in the state may shed light on how it will respond in the general elections Alsohow the Congress is able to mine this as an issueto use an unfortunate punin a virtually four-cornered contestcould be a precursor of things to come in 2014 This election may also offer a template for neighbouring Andhra Pradesh Herein two general electionsthe Congress under YSR Reddy seemed invincible But after his premature deaththe partys own successes went against its future prospects Its inability to manage YSRs sonJaganmohan Reddymeant that it alienated itself from the memory of the person who had brought it to power Yeddyurappa was no YSRbut his centrality to the BJPs fortunes and his subsequent rift with the party seem to parallel the Andhra story The bearer of YSRs legacyhis son Jaganmohanthe head of the YSR Congressis presently cooling his heels in jail on corruption charges Soin Yeddyurappas fortunes minus the partythere could be a tale for how the YSR factor can be expected to fare The campaign for Karnataka is interesting to observe It could be the first test case of Narendra Modis appeal outside his state The choice of the BJPs new national executive has led to some conclusions about the kind of politics the BJP wants to go back to Several elements in Karnataka help communal positioning of all kinds A large and influential minority is one of them The BJP cannot bank on Lingayat consolidation alonewith Yeddyurappa gone The party may be seen trying out the Amit Shah or Varun Gandhi style of campaigningto test its efficacy outside the Hindi belt Its campaign could indicate how it wants to be seen nationallyas an alternative to the UPA Tamil Nadu and Kerala are admired for showing the radical way out of social oppression and dealing with the caste question But Karnataka has been known for its ability to gradually ensure change and better the prospects of all sections Dalitsbackward castes and Muslims As early as 1881the then Maharaja of MysoreChamaraja Wodeyarhad inaugurated the Mysore Representative Assembly It hadno doubta limited idea of membershipbut it provided a forum for discussion and debatethe first in princely India Political scientist James Manor points out that jatis may be seen not as a hierarchybut as different groups that can be brought together in a variety of combinationsan idea that Karnataka might have been one of the first to play with Nowin the 21st centuryhow the states electorate chooses its government may have an impact beyond its borders [email protected] For all the latest 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