The organisation of self-help groups increased financial literacy among women. Even the illiterate can now go to the bank and manage their account. The tradition of dependency of daily labours, poor farmers on local rich is decreasing over the period of time because of SHGs, said Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr. D Veerendra Heggade.
He spoke after inaugurating a three-day workshop organised by Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project, with the collaboration of College of Agriculture, Poona and Reserve Bank of India on “Exposure programme on financing of SHGs and JLGs” , at Dharmasthala on Wednesday.
However people have minimum knowledge about banking. With customer-friendly service and simplicity, banks can reach rural people. They have to play greater role in the development of the country and change in society, he added.
Programme Coordinating Director Madhumurthy and Muthuselvan delivered introductory speech. Reserve Bank of India Deputy Chief General Manager Ganesh, Kamakshi Pai of BIRD- Mangalore delivered special lectures. SKDRDP Executive Director Dr L H Manjunath, HRD Cell Director Mamatha Rao and others were present.
Around 35 officers from various banks have participated in the workshop. They would visit Self-Help Groups, model Pragathibandhu teams, credit linkage models, smaller business started by the members and production units of SKDRDP.