Generating Self-Employment Opportunities in North-East India: Challenges Faced by the Self-Help GroupsAuthor : Pradeep Kumar Chakravarty and Debasis Neogi
Volume 7 No.2 July-September 2018 pp 12-18
The Government has put in place policies and programmes to alleviate urban poverty. Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) are the facilitators to reduce poverty in their respective areas. Urban Self-Help Groups (SHGs) aim at sustainable employment for their members. But they face many challenges during their day-to-day activities. The present study aims at identifying the issues, challenges or problems faced by SHGs in the urban areas of the State of Tripura. It relates to urban areas of Tripura, a small hilly state in the North-East India, for which 14 ULBs out of 20 have been selected from all the eight districts. Based on a sample size of 353 SHGs, the study shows that women SHG members have to face internal or organizational challenges and external ones in running SHGs having a cascading effect to their income level, which is not sufficient enough to cross the poverty line sustainably. The paper has also recommended certain solutions to the problems.
Challenges, Problems, Issues, Self-Help Groups (SHGs), Urban Local Bodies (ULBs)
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