Women of Bihaan Raipur (Ujala Gram Sangathan) working at ‘Kalptaru’ Multi-utility Center, Serikhedi today paid a courtesy call on Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel. Women showed various products made by them at the center to Chief Minister. Chief Minister Mr. Baghel praised the products made by the women and asked for more information about it. To encourage the women to keep up the good work, Chief Minister sanctioned Rs 15 lakh from CSR funds for various activities at Multi-utility Center in Serikhedi.
On the occasion, Chief Minister released a folder based on the products and activities of the Serikhedi Multi-utility Center. Women told Chief Minister the center has provided them employment and income during this tough time of the corona crisis. Women had brought vases made of cow-dung, rakhi, etc products made by them to show to the Chief Minister. Women Group Head Mohini Daharia thanked Chief Minister for the launch of Godhan Nyay Yojana.
Under State Rural Livelihood Mission (Bihaan), women groups in this center manufacture glycerine soap, designer candles, bamboo tree guards, incense sticks, phenyls, face wash, mushroom, munga powder, cookies, herbal tea, LED bulb, sleeper, cow dung vases, herbal gulaal, and bamboo, cow dung, vegetable seeds, and designer rakhis. During the corona crisis, women at the center have started making sanitizers, face shields, three-layer cotton masks, medical gown, and PPE kits. Corona safety kits are also being prepared for laborers in quarantine centers.
On the occasion, Raipur Collector Mr. S Bharatidasan informed Chief Minister that 180 women are working in this center, which was started in December last year. Products produced made by the women have done the business of nearly Rs 1 crore 10 lakh. In this duration nearly Rs 30 lakh has been paid as wages to women. Women working here are being paid Rs 25 per hour as wages. Every woman worker here gets an average daily wage of Rs 200. Women are making cow dung powder, potato vitamin E, camel milk, goat milk, and Aloe vera soaps of high quality. The high quality of these products is the major reason behind their good sale. To date, soaps worth nearly Rs 12 lakh have been sold from this center. Soaps made in this center are being procured by the Government of India’s Khadi Board to sell across the country. Masks made in this center is being sold at Rs 40 only, whereas the price of these masks in the market is Rs 120. 35 self-help groups of Ujala Gram Sangathan are associated with a multi-utility center.
Women workers of the center have prepared 11 thousand bamboo tree guards. Bamboo Tree Guards worth nearly Rs 46 lakh have been sold so far, earning a profit of Rs 5-6 lakh. Women working in this center also run dal-bhaat center and aanganbadi centers. Meanwhile, during the meeting, Cheif Secretary RP Mandal, Additional Chief Secretary of Chief Minister Subrat Sahu, Secretary to Chief Minister Siddhartha Komal Singh Pardeshi, Jila Panchayat Raipur CEO Gaurav Kumar Singh, Women Workers Mohini Daharia, Mrs. Swamita Verma, Mrs. Daya Dhrub, Mrs. Lata Manhar, and Mrs. Seema Sahu were also present.