Now, Amma mobile phones for women SHGs

By: | Published: September 29, 2015 12:05 AM

Furthering the Amma brand of offerings, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced an ‘Amma’ mobile phone scheme to help women’s Self-Help Group...

Furthering the Amma brand of offerings, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced an ‘Amma’ mobile phone scheme to help women’s Self-Help Group (SHG) trainers supervise their work. Under the scheme, mobile phones loaded with special Tamil software would be provided to 20,000 self-help group (SHG) trainers in the first phase at a cost of R15 crore, she told the state Assembly.

“I am very happy to announce that the government headed by me would give Amma mobile phones to 20,000 social SHG trainers in the first phase, at a cost of R5 crore,” Jayalalithaa, said in a statement in the House.

Typically, the SHGs maintain several registers, including those related to meetings, payment of subscription, savings, in-group loans and repayment. “In order to supervise their (SHG) work on uploading data in registers, a special software in Tamil language will be created and mobile phones will be provided to trainers, under the Amma Kaipesi Thittam,”  she said.

The state government had previously launched Amma Canteens, Amma Mineral Water, Amma Salt, Amma Cement and Amma Pharmacies where medicines are sold at lower rates.

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