The Left Front government is giving special attention to the self-help groups in the rural sector.
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has appointed a new minister Rekha Goswami for this very purpose. The chief minister met bankers to discuss issues about how these groups could be made financially viable and how they could be strengthened. In the meeting, Asim Dasgupta, the finance minister, Rekha Goswami, the minister for Self Help, and Manab Mukherjee, the minister for small-scale and cottage industries were present.
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