Syed Sehrish Asgar, an IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir, has been conferred with the prestigious SKOCH Award for creating livelihoods for 5 lakh women in the Union territory. She received the award in a virtual ceremony.
Sehrish is the Mission Director, Jammu & Kashmir Rural livelihood Mission (JKRLM). She gets the award for her outstanding contribution to the economic development of rural women under SAATH.
Sehrish Asgar announced her selection for the award on her Twitter handle:
The SAATH program of the J&K government is aimed at augmenting the income of village women by setting up their self-help groups, training them, and introducing them to markets dynamics.
At the launch of this women-centric program a year ago, Sehrish had said the women who are doing small work don’t get enough profit as there is a lack of knowledge about marketing, packaging, and branding. She said this initiative would teach women such skills and convert their businesses into Higher Order Enterprises.
Asgar initially held workshops for 5,000 women, out of which 500 were selected for intensive training and a further 100 for mentoring.
At that time she had targeted 4 lakh women who would be trained for increasing their incomes. She has already passed the target by one lakh making the missing highly successful.
Under the scheme, women are provided training in Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Poultry, handcraft, Handloom, etc.
Commenting on this recognition, Dr. Sehrish said, “This award is a recognition of the efforts of the thousands of women in Jammu and Kashmir who are transforming the rural economy by becoming agents of positive change and growth. We will continue to work hard and strive for greater excellence and better opportunities in the goal of nation-building”.
SKOCH award was instituted in 2003, and it is conferred on the people, projects, and institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation. They receive this award for their extraordinary achievements in contributing to society.
Dr Sehrish Asgar is a medical doctor. She was first selected into IPS and finally made it to IAS in 2013.