SOURCE: E-BOOK ON SUCCESS STORIES RELEASED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2017

‘‘Women are the nurturing force amongst us, and they can transform society with just a little bit of support.” The above adage was the thought behind the initiative in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh (AP). The place chosen was the tribal area of Rampachodavaram where a First of its kind industrial unit to manufacture high technology and energy efficient LED bulbs, was set up.

The above adage was the thought behind the initiative in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh (AP). The place chosen was the tribal area of Rampachodavaram where a First of its kind industrial unit to manufacture high technology and energy efficient LED bulbs, was set up.

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The Rampa Girijana Mahila Samakhya Industrial Cooperative Society Limited (RGMS) is exclusively owned by the tribal women of the area and is aiming to light up the entire state of Andhra Pradesh while saving and conserving scarce natural resources.
The task was not easy. The area was largely agrarian with very little availability of local skilled/qualified women. Also, the local women were not keen to travel outside their villages for work. Not only was getting the workforce trained and motivated a challenge, but there was also opposition and difficulty in getting the quality of the LED bulbs
accepted by the market. There was also doubt in the minds of the banks in the capability of the tribal women in managing this cooperative.

Through aggressive education and skill development, a motivated and technically skilled team was built. The unit was set up locally, so the women did not need to travel outside the village. Their passion soon forced the local market associations and lending institutions in providing all support to the initiative. Independent evaluation has shown that the RGMS produced LED bulbs are Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) approved. The entire work area was also exceedingly neat and clean driving the Swachh Bharat mission forward. In addition to the local market, the bulbs are also being used by the Government bodies like Panchayats and Collectorate.

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This is the perfect example of Nari Shakti at work and needs to be replicated across the country.  The project got widespread support from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, as it helped in Sustainable development of backward and tribal areas Bringing livelihood opportunities to the youth Entrepreneurship and empowerment of tribal women Increase in per capita income and improvement in living standard Skill development, nurturing productive workforce and instilling self-confidence.

 

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