Kudumbashree Neighbourhood Groups (NHGs) bagged the National Award constituted by National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) for the best performing NHGs. Panchami NHG from Kondoor Panchayath of Kottayam District and Ushas NHG of Azhikode Village of Thrissur District are the NHGs which bagged the National Award. Shri. Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Rural Development, Government of India will give away the awards at the function to be held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, in connection with the Women's Day Celebrations on 7 March 2020.
The Award is constituted for felicitating the NHGs who had shown outstanding performance. The activities performed during the previous financial year would be considered for giving the awards. The number of NHG meetings called, number of members attended, average attendance of each member, number of members who had attended trainings, total thrift, disbursal of corpus fund, internal lending status, community investment fund availed, corpus fund, total number of bank loans availed, number of units started using the bank loans, annual income, number of entrepreneurs included, scope of the enterprise, income, consistency, number of individual micro enterprises, regularity in keeping register, number of members who have personal bank accounts, ratio of the members who have insurance coverage, ratio of members who have latrine facility at their homes and the leadership quality were the criteria for deciding the award.
As per the guidelines, the respective district missions had submitted selected 3 NHGs from every districts. The selection committee from Kudumbashree State Mission selected the best 3 NHGs out of the 42 NHGs selected by the districts and submitted to NRLM and out of those 3 NHGs two of them bagged the award.