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Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 2
First page : ( 356) Last page : ( 374)
Print ISSN : 0975-6795. Online ISSN : 2321-5828.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5828.2018.00064.5

Does women employment in group activities ensure improved social status? A study with select indicators on some Urban Areas of the North-East India

Chakravarty Pradeep Kumar*, Neogi Debasis

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology Agartala, Purba Barjala, Jirania, Tripura, 799046, India

*Corresponding Author Email: pkcias06@gmail.com

Online published on 21 August, 2018.

Abstract

The Government has put in place policies and programmes to alleviate urban poverty. Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) are the facilitators to reduce poverty in their respective areas. When people of homogeneous socio-economic background form groups with certain objectives and act according to a set of norms for helping one another, these groups are normally known as Self-Help Groups (SHGs). The present study aims at impact study of social development on non-economic parameters in the urban areas of the State of Tripura through SHG approach. These parameters include upliftment in educational front; increased awareness on health and hygiene and overall women empowerment. The paper relates to urban areas of Tripura, a small hilly state in North-East India, for which 14 ULBs out of 20 have been selected from all the eight districts. Based on a sample size of 353 SHGs, the study shows that the women work participation in the SHGs has impacted positive change in overall social status of the participants.

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Keywords

Women Empowerment, Self-Help Groups (SHGs), Educational Upliftment, Health and Hygiene, Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

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