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Kerala’s Smart Kitchen project

Topics Covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

Kerala’s Smart Kitchen project:


Context:

The Kerala government has announced the introduction of a Smart Kitchen project, which is meant to modernise kitchens and ease the difficulty faced by homemakers in household chores.

About the scheme:

  • To be implemented through the Kerala State Financial Enterprises (KSFE), a state-run chit fund and lending firm.
  • Under the scheme, KSFE would give soft loans to women from all walks of life for purchasing household gadgets or equipment.
  • The interest of the loan/cost would be equally shared among the beneficiary, local self-government body and the state government.

Need for/significance of the scheme;

Gender budgeting: The government believes that for better participation of women in labour, the burden on household chores has to be reduced.

Increase women participation: By enhancing mechanisation in kitchens, women participation in labour could be increased.

 

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Key features and significance of the scheme.

Sources: Indian Express.