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AVSAR Scheme- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges- Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes.

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AVSAR Scheme in News

  • Airport Authority of India (AAI) has taken an initiative to allocate space to Self Help Groups (SHGs) at its airports for selling/showcasing the self-made products of their region through the “AVSAR” (Airport as Venue for Skilled Artisans Of The Region) Scheme.
  • This aims to encourage the talent of women, artisans and craftsmen and provide them with the right opportunities.

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What is AVSAR Scheme?

  • The AVSAR Scheme provides an opportunity to help the indigent to mobilize their households into functionally effective self-earned groups for self-reliance and self-dependence.
  • “AVSAR” (Airport as Venue for Skilled Artisans Of The Region) Scheme is an initiative of AAI (Airport Authority of India).
  • Under the AVSAR scheme, an area of 100-200 square feet has been earmarked at each AAI-operated airport.
  • The space is being allotted to the self-help groups, turn on a turn basis, for a duration of 15 days.
  • Few outlets have already been commissioned at Chennai, Agartala, Dehradun, Kushinagar, Udaipur & Amritsar Airport. These SHGs are operated by local women.
    • They are showcasing and marketing their homemade local products like Puffed Rice, Packaged Papad, Pickles, Bamboo-based Ladies Bag/Bottle/Lamp Sets, etc. to the air travelers.

Community Enterprise Fund (CEF) provided to SHG in India

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What is SHG?

  • About: Self-help Groups are India’s most powerful channels for empowering small and rural communities to move from subsistence to sustainability. The government is constantly creating an atmosphere to strengthen the SHGs.
    • Self Help Groups are informal associations of people who come together to find ways to improve their living conditions.
  • Membership: The SHG members generally have a similar socio-economic background.
  • Significance:
    • They help to build social capital among the poor, especially women.
    • Such groups work as a collective guarantee system for members who propose to borrow from organized sources.
    • Consequently, Self-Help Groups have emerged as the most effective mechanism for the delivery of microfinance services to the poor.
  • SHG examples: SEWA in Gujarat, MYRADA in Karnataka, TANWA in Tamil Nadu, Ramkrishna mission in Jharkhand, ADITHI in Bihar.


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