New Delhi (NVI): In response to rise in COVID-19, face mask production has been initiated by Self Help Groups (SHGs) members in 24 States covering 399 Districts of the country.
The initiative is being covered under the Ministry of Rural Development’s National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).
Around 21,028 members of 4281 SHGs in 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh and 10,780 members of 1927 SHGs in 32 districts of Tamil Nadu produced 25,41,440 and 26,01,735 masks respectively in 10 days.
The members of SHGs of various states like Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and many North Eastern states are involved in producing masks.
However, total 65,936 SHG members from 14,522 SHGs are involved and together they have manufactured 132 lakh masks.