Baalu's advice to women SHGs G. Srinivasan The Hindu, June 15, 2006 Union Minister ask self-help group woman to identify Reghupathy It was an interesting interlude between Union Minister for Surface Transport T.R. Baalu and a woman from a self-help group at Sethuvabachathiram in Thanjavur district on Wednesday. An SHG woman told the Minister that she didn't get any bank loan even though her self-help group was started one year ago. She said a petition was submitted to Union Minister of State Reghupathy at Pattukottai but nothing happened. Mr. Baalu asked her whether she knew who that minister was, since Mr. Reghupathy was sitting beside him. The woman said. `I've never seen the Minister in person since only my husband met him at Pattukottai and gave the petition." When Mr. Baalu asked her whether she could identify Mr. Reghupathy among them, she answered in the negative. He asked her to give a fresh petition to Mr. Reghupathy for getting the bank loan and assured that it would get sanctioned. His advice Mr. Baalu advised women self-help group members to give proper applications to get loans and also follow them up `properly' to get them sanctioned.