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Belthangady, Feb 15, 2017 : App for self-help groups launched by Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, chairman, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on February 15,Wednesday under rural development schemes at Dharmasthala.
This is an App to facilitates business transactions by members of self-help groups , Nearly nine lakh SHGs across India and NABARD is in the process of digitising their business, he said adding there is a dire need to use such technology across the country at an accelerated pace.
The use of technology by Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project to carry out its various business that is based on ’dharma’ and reach out to the beneficiaries and aid their socio-economic and educational progress, is indeed a laudable move. It will only benefit the society if more such follow the example set up SKDRDP, he said adding Nabard too will extend help to any organisation that seeks to broad base their activities on a technological base.
Averring that there is need to provide good market facilities for small and marginal farmers, Harsh Kumar also called on farmers to ensure they use water resources judiciously at times when water scarcity is a harsh reality. Exhorting the stakeholders to switch over to drip irrigation and ensure savings of water, the Nabard chief said preservation of natural resources will be forced on people unless they take step for its conservation now rather than allow situation to turn critical.
D Veerendra Heggade, dharmadhikari, Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala who presided over the function said beneficiaries of rural development programmes are partners in progress and harbingers of change. Belthangady taluk is the epicenter of rural development programmes and all are leading a life of self-dependency. People should be prudent in managing their expenses and save for the future as well, Heggade said exhorting people to stay away from personal vices.