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Maharashtra planning special trade zones for women

PTI Mumbai | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on November 09, 2012

In a bid to make women self-reliant, the Maharashtra Government is planning to demarcate separate zones for them across the State where they can run their own businesses after availing of special licences and movable stalls.

Women and Child Development Minister Varsha Gaikwad today said the suggestion in this regard was made by her father and Congress MP Eknath Gaikwad.

In order to make women self-dependent, enabling them to assist their families financially, a separate zone would be demarcated where women could set up their own businesses.

“Men won’t be allowed to set up their business there. The zone would be restricted for women alone to run their small-scale business,” he said.

The Minister said her department is preparing a comprehensive plan to avail of work opportunities for women across Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra.

“It is important for women to be employed so as to earn money for themselves and for their families. We are working on a programme that will involve availing of special licenses and movable stalls for women SHGs to start businesses under flyovers and bridges across Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra,” Gaikwad said after inaugurating an exhibition-cum-sale of products made by women SHGs in suburban Bandra.

She also stressed on improving marketing skills in women to sell their products. “We are also thinking of arranging special training camps to create awareness about marketing and packaging among women,” Gaikwad added.

Published on November 09, 2012
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