BPL families to get goats, poultry in Bihar: CM

Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Saturday that people living below the poverty line in Bihar would be provided goats and poultry free-of-cost under Jeevika programme of Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society so that they get their supplement of nutrition in the form of eggs and milk.

Addressing a function Badhte Kadam, organized by rural development department at S K Memorial Hall, he said every poor family would get three goats each through women self-help groups (SHGs) as part of a development plan. He said banks would provide funds for the scheme.

Besides, 5.50 lakh households each would get 45 hens in three installments through SHGs. The chief minister said the move would ensure that the poor families get milk and eggs. To make women economically stronger the state government has planned to constitute 10 lakh SHGs in five years. Each SHG would comprise of 15 members.

The SHGs will reach six crore people which is 55-60 per cent of population of the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said bank interest rate for SHGs should be brought down to seven per cent like on agricultural loan instead of the current 10-12 per cent.

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