What is Kerala’s Smart Kitchen Project?
The Kerala government announced the Smart Kitchen Project for modernising kitchens and easing difficulties faced while doing household chores. The scheme provides soft loans to women for purchasing household gadgets or equipment. The interests for these loans will be equally shared by the state government, beneficiary and local self-government body.
Beneficiaries of Kudumbashree (state’s women empowerment and poverty alleviation programme) are to get preferences under this new scheme. The scheme’s outlay is Rs.5 crore. It is to be implemented via the Kerala State Financial Enterprises (KSFE). It is expected to increase women’s participation in the labour market.