8) Impt. Padma awardees (& their work) - RAJKUMARI DEVI
Jan. 30, 2019

Padma Shri : In the field of Agriculture. 

Rajkumar Devi, widely known as the Kisan Chachi or Cycle Chachi, belongs to the Anandpur village in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district. Using her acquired expertise in assessing soil quality, she cycles through villages giving tips about Kitchen farming and helping farmers get profitable harvests. 

She has also mobilized women to form Self-Help Groups (SHGs) which has been a stepping stone for women to take-up main stream farming and agri-business in a male dominated occupation. The women also receive farm loans and Government support through schemes such as Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM).

DAY-NULM is a Government scheme that provides gainful employment to the unemployed or under- employed through self- employment ventures and community empowerment.