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Cleanliness is next to Godliness: Women and Employment

A number of women self-help groups (SHGs) have been engaged to clean railway stations in Assam's Hailakandi district for employment generation and women empowerment, officials said. The Hailakandi district administration and Northeast Frontier Railway signed an MoU on Tuesday as a part of the Swachh Rail initiative.


"Involvement of women SHGs in cleaning railway stations will provide scope for employment generation and lead to women empowerment," the Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi district, Keerthi Jalli said.

This cooperation between NFR and IRCTC officers established recently has been a result of pursuit of a vision by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. The engagement of SHGs for cleaning railway stations in the district to provide a livelihood to women, makes sense.


The Hailakandi railway station has been handed over to Loknath SHG and the Lala railway station has been given to Maa Manosha SHG under the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM), while Nabonita SHG would look after the cleanliness of Panchgram railway station under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM). There is a long way to go, but incremental steps like this help in forwaring this mission of empowerment and cleanliness as a way of life. We await more such initiatives; follow us for more @ManuheManuhorbabe1 on Twitter and on Facebook,

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