Women Empowerment through the synergy of LAMPS (Large Area Multipurpose Societies), State Channelising Agencies (SCAs) and NSTFDC in the State of WEST BENGAL
The convergence of the flagship scheme of NSTFDC, AMSY(Adivasi Mahila Sasaktikaran Yojna) exclusively designed for tribal women with LAMPS (Large Area Multipurpose Societies)through SCAs in West Bengal has been highly instrumental in enriching lives of thousands of tribal women and their families enabling them to take up livelihood activities. Under AMSY loan is extended at a highly concessional rate of 4 percent per annum to enable tribal women to take up livelihood activities.
Of all the aspects of empowerment of women, economic aspect certainly plays a pivotal role .In the tribal society it is observed that there is relatively less social discrimination owing to gender and tribal women are empowered in their own traditional way. However, the intervention through AMSY leading to participation in an economic activity and the contribution by women in the family income promotes capacity building and more importantly creates an identity for them. This positive change is the result of the concerted effort of the two State Channelizing Agencies implementing NSTFDC Schemes in the state of west Bengal viz West Bengal SC ST Development & Finance Corporation & West Bengal Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation Ltd and involvement of LAMPS working as extended arms of the SCAs. The tribal women beneficiaries are member of these LAMPS. The striking feature here is that the LAMPS stand as guarantors for these tribal women facilitating them to avail financial assistance from NSTFDC. The economic activity undertaken by tribal women are mainly traditional in nature rooted in the tribal way of life like animal husbandry which may include house dairy, goatery, piggery, duckery, sheep rearing or activity like Bubai Rope making, sal leaf Plates making etc .Thus besides improvement in the living condition, the endeavours have instilled in these beneficiaries a sense of confidence. Majority of them now hold Bank Accounts in the Mini Banks established by LAMPS. The pass book carrying their name and photo is a mark of identity and self respect for them .The Scheme has benefited around 42000 number of tribal families.