Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated Rs. 70 lakh ‘She Haat’, a way site amenities, Rural Haat, local shop, restaurant, guest room and kaushal vikas Kendra at Bagh Pashog village in Pachhad assembly constituency of Sirmour district, virtually from Shimla today.Jai Ram Thakur said that the whole project was being run by the group of twenty five SHG women to empower them for self employment by selling traditional, natural, organic produce and also serve Pahari food and provide home stay facilities to the visitors. He said that this project was unique project in the entire country for women and by the women to serve all.Chief Minister said that the ‘She Haat’ also have a two bed room guest house, solar power plant, rain water harvesting system and waste composting, acupressure track and air purifying plants. It has e-vehicle for women to easily ply from their houses, will also be used to ferry natural spring water, he added.Jai Ram Thakur said that the women in this ‘She Haat’would work in three shifts. He said that the State Government was committed to expand this experiment in other parts of the State as it would provide gainful employment opportunities to the rural women of the State. He said that this would not only provide a glimpse of the State’s culture, cuisine and tradition, but also make women folk self reliant.
Chief Minister said that people of the Pachhad area had given their wholehearted support in the bye elections and BJP candidate Reena Kashyap won by a huge margin. He urged the people of the State to elect honest, hardworking and dedicated candidates in the Panchayati Raj Institutions elections so that the pace of development get boost in at the grass-root level.MP Suresh Kashyap said that ‘She Haat’ was an innovative scheme envisioned by the Chief Minister for women empowerment and making them economically independent. He said that State Government has initiated several schemes for ensuring empowerment of the women and other weaker sections of the society. He said that it was the BJP Government in the State that made a provision of 50 per cent reservation in the PRIs for the women. MLA Pachhad Reena Kashyap, while welcoming the Chief Minister, said that the ‘She Haat’ would help the rural women to earn their livelihood. She said that Pachhad area has witnessed unprecedented development during the current tenure of the State Government.Rural Development Minister Virender Kanwar, Secretary Rural Development Sandeep Bhatnagar, joined the event virtually; whereas Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister J.C.Sharma was present at Shimla with the Chief Minister.Chairman Agriculture Marketing Board Baldev Bhandari, Deputy Commissioner Sirmour Dr. R.K. Pruthi and other officers were present on the occasion at Bag Pashog.