Civilization which is coeval with culture is the ultimate benchmark for any modern society. India though has strong religio-cultural tradition of according highest status to the women maximised in the concept of Ardhanareeswara. But their economic lot was always pathetic relegating all their contribution from domestic to the market sphere into the background. Hence, to place them on firm footing as equal partners in the economic growth of the nation, the governments, both central and state have devised multiple programmes for nurturing and sustaining the economic ability of the women-folk in the task of nation-building.
This study aims to examine in a lucid form such programme in detail with special reference given to a marked geographical area and time frame.
Self Help Groups (SHGs) can be considered as the flagship of women entrepreneurship, the resultant benefits of which have become tangible, thus ensuring women welfare. Hence, this book is highly relevant to those interested in social studies especially women studies, social work, sociology, economics and allied subjects.