Srinagar, June 29: In a historic effort aimed at harnessing the energy, enthusiasm, and exuberant dreams of the women of Jammu & Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today launched the “HAUSLA- inspiring her growth”, a comprehensive programme for catalysing women entrepreneurship in the UT, here at SKICC Srinagar.
Terming the event as the beginning of a new era in women entrepreneurship, the Lt Governor said that women of Jammu and Kashmir are capable of achieving great heights in every field and history is replete with great women leaders from J&K, an official handout said.
Speaking on the significance of “Hausla”, the Lt Governor said that program has been made in a very scientific way and the broad contours include targeting women entrepreneurs of J&K already established in the field of self-employment, creating a channel for educated women to explore their potential and subsequently channelize their business acumen, helping them overcome challenges related to finances, legal, societal biases by focusing on their innate potential.
In addition, there shall be dissemination of knowledge about promotion policies of Governments for women entrepreneurs and providing access to enterprise education and training with focus on business development, besides linkages to women enterprise networks, associations, business premises and online marketplaces.
The Lt Governor said that the priority of the government is to reduce the gap between women and men entrepreneurs, in a systematic manner and to encourage women who are currently engaged in various professions, so that they too can become a part of 'Hausla' program.
“With the launch of “HAUSLA” a strong foundation has been set for the economic and social independence for our daughters and sisters. I am sure that a new eco-system of women entrepreneurs will be created in J&K”, he added.
The Lt Governor underscored that the government is continuously working on the "Three Pillars of Action" viz. Making women financially independent, Ensuring their maximum participation in leadership role, and Paying special attention to their health and socio-economic security.
“I believe that through skill and blended training under Hausla program the participation of Women can be increased in IT, Telemedicine, e-learning Business, Fashion Designing, Painting, Publishing, Handicrafts, Food Processing, and e-Commerce”, he added.
It was informed that under the leadership of JKTPO and in collaboration with Industry stakeholders and India SME Forum, a not-for-profit organization for Small & Medium Enterprises, the first batch of 'HAUSLA' 5-months program with 100 women entrepreneurs on board will start from July this year, giving wings to women entrepreneurs to fly higher, make their own identity in business and promote their products.
Mentioning the significant role of women from the region like Bimla Koul, the first woman who took admission in SP college in Srinagar in 1931 and others including Kanta Wazir, Dr. Girija, and Dr. Mahmuda Shah who displayed great strength and played important role in keeping the people together, the Lt Governor said that on 5th August 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave back all their rights and respect to women and that golden era is coming back again.
The Lt Governor said that the objective of 'Hausla Team' in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Administration and our Industry and India SME Forum under the leadership of JKTPO is to reduce the gap of women ownership in business establishments. The Lt Governor highlighted the inspiring story of Asma, Srinagar-based IT entrepreneur, who caters to local as well as global clients. He also informed about Zarka Tanzeel of Budgam, who is the first woman entrepreneur from Kashmir division to launch Sheen brand detergent powder and became a role model for other girls.