Rajasthan all women-run cooperative bank

Government of Rajasthan recently signed a MoU with Stree Nidhi Credit Cooperative Federation of Telangana government to set up first ever all women-run cooperative bank called “Rajasthan Mahila Nidhi”.  It will promote women’s empowerment by extending support to their enterprises.

Rajasthan Mahila Nidhi:

  • Rajasthan Mahila Nidhi will be set up on the lines of Telangana Stree Nidhi.
  • It will strengthen the women’s self-help groups in Rajasthan, by providing timely loan facility for their enterprises.
  • It will be operated by all women staffs.
  • It will be set up as a complementary body with formal banking system.
  • The institution is likely to decrease the number of loan applications pending in banks.
  • All the cluster-level federations of Rajeevika will be members of the institution.
  • Proposal to set up Rajasthan Mahila Nidhi was put by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in 2022-23 budget speech.

Funds for Rajasthan Mahila Nidhi:

  • During the initial two years of operations, state government would provide a grant of Rs 50 crore. Apart from that, state government has asked the Central government to provide a grant of Rs 110 crore.
  • Apart from that, Rs 10 lakh will be provided as share capital by Rajeevika to each of the 561 cluster-level federations.

Districts to get benefits:

In the first year, Mahila Nidhi will be operational in 15 districts of Rajasthan. Currently, it has started working in 6 districts viz., Karauli, Kota, Alwar, Rajsamand, Jodhpur and Dungarpur.



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