Buoyed by the success of the canteen referred to as ‘Didi Ki Rasoi (DKR)’ run by girls SHGs popularly identified by the identify of Jeevika didis together with the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS) at seven district hospitals of the state, chief minister Nitish Kumar had requested authorities to make sure that all canteens within the remaining districts ought to all be handed over to them.
The transfer is seen as another step in the direction of girls’s empowerment by the Bihar authorities, one of many primary polls guarantees by the NDA
The mission, which first began at Vaishali district hospital, was later prolonged to Gaya, Purnia, Buxar, Sheohar, Sheikhpura, and Saharsa. “In November 2020, the RBI signed an settlement with DKR and at present 10 didis are offering meals to 50 RBI staff every day,” stated secretary of rural improvement division Balamurugan D.
“Jeevika didis are doing fantastic work on contract farming, milk manufacturing, bee maintaining, and a number of other different fields. The participation of ladies has elevated in small scale industries. All district hospital canteens ought to now be made to run by these jeevika didis,” stated Kumar whereas holding a gathering in state capital on Friday evening.
The DKR chain of community-based canteens is effectively managed by the empowered rural girls who additionally occur to be the members of the self- assist teams (SHGs) of JEEViKA (or Bihar State Rural Livelihoods Mission). “DKRs have emerged because the true axiom of collective management aiming at significant modifications within the rural group by way of poverty elimination in Bihar. These entrepreneurs are charged with dedication to serve the shoppers (principally in sufferers of district hospitals) with hygienic and home-like high quality meals at truthful value. That is an innovation whereby nobody is the grasp and each one is the proprietor (accomplice),” stated Arvin Kumar Chaudhary, principal secretary of the division.
“The didis aren’t the staff of DKR; they’re the proud companions of their enterprise. Contribution of seed cash to start the enterprise entitles them for a partnership. They now earn a month-to-month wage and in addition get an equitable share in revenue on the finish of the yr,” stated Balamurugan.
Offering high quality and hygienic meals to numerous sufferers of district hospitals had been a problem for presidency. “Whereas from JEEViKA’s perspective; diversification in JEEViKA’s livelihood interventions was the necessity of the hour to supply sustainable and scalable livelihood choices to poor-rural girls. Options of each the challenges had been sought in an amalgam and thus, DKR was conceptualized,” stated Chaudhary.
Other than catering to the in-patients of district hospitals and their attendants, the DKRs have additionally been making their presence felt in festivals and exhibitions at district, state and nationwide ranges by meals courts. DKR Buxar and Vaishali served meals to Bihar State Election Fee throughout Basic Elections, 2019. “Whole gross sales throughout the Basic Elections 2019 had been price Rs 18 lakh,” stated an official.
“DKR has not solely given a constant technique of earnings to the didis, it has additionally generated employment alternatives for a lot of different staff and different employees who work in these canteens,” stated Balamurugan.
The state at present spends at the very least Rs 130 per affected person per day on meals in accordance with charges. Allotted by the state authorities, this quantity is routed to girls SHGs by BRLPS, which is a state authorities initiative.
The SHSB has already been directed to create space accessible on the involved amenities for the canteen. The state of Bihar at present has eight.25 lakh SHGs which cowl 94.85 lakh households.