Buoyed by the success of the canteen referred to as ‘Didi Ki Rasoi (DKR)’ run by ladies 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 in the remaining districts ought to all be handed over to them.
The transfer is seen as another step in direction of ladies’s empowerment by the Bihar authorities, one of many essential polls guarantees by the NDA
The venture, 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 agreement with DKR and today 10 didis are providing food to 50 RBI employees daily,” stated secretary of rural growth division Balamurugan D.
“Jeevika didis are doing wonderful work on contract farming, milk production, bee keeping, and several other fields. The participation of women has increased in small scale industries. All district hospital canteens should now be made to run by these jeevika didis,” stated Kumar whereas holding a gathering in state capital on Friday night time.
The DKR chain of community-based canteens is effectively managed by the empowered rural ladies who additionally occur to be the members of the self- assist teams (SHGs) of JEEViKA (or Bihar State Rural Livelihoods Mission). “DKRs have emerged as the true axiom of collective leadership aiming at meaningful changes in the rural community in terms of poverty elimination in Bihar. These entrepreneurs are charged with commitment to serve the customers (mostly in patients of district hospitals) with hygienic and home-like quality food at fair price. This is an innovation wherein no one is the master and every one is the owner (partner),” stated Arvin Kumar Chaudhary, principal secretary of the division.
“The didis are not the employees of DKR; they are the proud partners of their enterprise. Contribution of seed money to begin the venture entitles them for a partnership. They now earn a monthly salary and also get an equitable share in profit at the end of the year,” stated Balamurugan.
Providing high quality and hygienic meals to numerous sufferers of district hospitals had been a problem for presidency. “While from JEEViKA’s perspective; diversification in JEEViKA’s livelihood interventions was the need of the hour to provide sustainable and scalable livelihood options to poor-rural women. Solutions of both the challenges were sought in an amalgam and thus, DKR was conceptualized,” stated Chaudhary.
Apart from 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 Commission throughout General Elections, 2019. “Total sales during the General Elections 2019 were worth Rs 18 lakh,” stated an official.
“DKR has not only given a consistent means of income to the didis, it has also generated employment opportunities for many other employees and other workers who work in these canteens,” stated Balamurugan.
The state at present spends not less than Rs 130 per affected person per day on meals in accordance with charges. Allotted by the state authorities, this quantity is routed to ladies SHGs by BRLPS, which is a state authorities initiative.
The SHSB has already been directed to create space out there on the involved amenities for the canteen. The state of Bihar at present has 8.25 lakh SHGs which cowl 94.85 lakh households.