Suu Kyi lauds work
of women’s groups

HYDERABAD —The success stories of women’s empowerment in villages of Andhra Pradesh have impressed Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who also studied the socio-economic transformation of people brought about by various government schemes.


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Published: Sun 18 Nov 2012, 11:04 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 12:46 PM

After nearly three-hour visit to some remote villages in Anantapur district bordering Karnataka on Saturday, Suu Kyi said women’s empowerment was playing a key role in India’s development.

Before flying back to Bangalore, the Nobel laureate said she was going back with the love and affection of the people of the district.

Suu Kyi, who had interaction with villagers, said the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGREGS) was helping the poor.

Accompanied by Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar, Suu Kyi met women members of self-help groups in Papasanipalli village and gained first-hand knowledge of how the self-help group movement has changed their lives.

Evincing keen interest in the activities of self-help groups, she asked women questions about their income, savings and living conditions. The Myanmar leader was hosted by Muddamma, a member of the self-help group at her small house in the village. The 40-year-old woman explained to the visiting dignitary how she used the loans provided by the government to rear two cows and how the income has helped her strengthen the family’s financial position.

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