Mahila Kisan Sashakitaran Pariyojana
Mahila Kisan Sashakitaran Pariyojana (MKSP)
The Ministry of Rural development has initiated the Mahila Kisan Sashakitaran Pariyojana scheme to empower rural women in the agriculture. The scheme promotes small-scale projects with productive investment to enhance women’s participation in the agricultural activity. In this article, we look at the Mahila Kisan Sashakitaran Pariyojana (MKSP) scheme in detail.
Objectives of the Scheme
The objectives of this scheme are listed out:
- To provide livelihoods for marginalized households, in various aspects of Tasar sericulture and farm-based interventions.
- To enlarge the women’s livelihoods during the period of the Tasar sericulture project.
- To mobilize families in the project districts by organizing women into a self-help group.
Benefits of the Scheme
The benefits of MKSP scheme are as follows:
- The Ministry of Rural Development grants financial assistance of up to 75% to the project cost.
- To enhance the skills and capabilities of women farmers to involve in farming activities.
- Increased food production by women and ensuring nutrition and food security in their household.
- Women have more control to access the services and schemes of the government.
- With increased managerial capabilities, women farmers have improved in technology, market, credit, information and increased income.
- Under this scheme, there is an addition in the number of women institutions and entrepreneurship.
Features of the Scheme
The following are the features of the MKSP scheme
- The multi-state project implementation for the promotion of large-scale Tasar sericulture.
- The significant increase in both livelihood creation at the family level and growth in Tasar sericulture sector.
- The Ministry of Rural development will provide funds in three installments.
The eligibility criteria for applying startup scheme are listed below:
- This scheme is eligible to most vulnerable and poor women farmers.
- The women headed households, poor households and women involved in the agriculture sector.
- The women should be the resident engaged in agricultural activities of the same village.
- Experience certificate of 3 years.
- Financial Statements of 3 years (annual turnover of over Rs 25 lakhs in three years.
- Proof of working with at least 500 farmers.
- Proof of forming at least 100 self-help group/community organizations for promoting livelihood in the proposed area.
- Non-political or Non- secular affiliation declaration.
Women farmers need to join a group working actively with the State Rural Livelihoods Mission. For the project to be sanctioned, the Implementing Agencies (PIAs) need to submit a proposal indicating the proposed project area, project description and budget summary, to be forwarded to the State Rural Livelihood Missions of the concerned state.