Vast coverage of rural poor households indicates successful implementation of MSRLM: Biswajit

Imphal, 17 October, 2019 (DIPR): Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh has stated that covering 20318 rural poor households has shown successful implementation of Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission in the State.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of a 10-day long 12th Regional SARAS fair held at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound, Imphal.

The Minister maintained that the State is leading in successful implementation of Rural Livelihoods Mission since its inception in 2015. At present, the Mission is being implemented in four resource blocks namely, Machi and Tengnoupal in Chandel District and Sawombung and Keirao Bitra in Imphal East. The mission is covering 125 GPs and 260 villages, promoting 1718 Self Help Groups with the active involvement of community and their institutions.

Minister Biswajit continued that SARAS provides a platform for the local artisans to showcase their products. This fair will also help in capacity building of the artisans, he said. He further lauded the department for organizing the fair at the right time as the festive season in the State has just begun.

Further in order to encourage the local artisans, Shri Biswajit said that incentives or awards could be introduced.

He said we need to promote our local products to ensure more profit for the artisans. He further ensured any necessary training for the local artisans.

Shri Biswajit further stated that in order to preserve our local products related to traditional and cultural heritage we should register such products through Geographical Identification.

Further elaborating on the importance of Leeyum Phi, Shri Biswajit said that the scarf was used by the Prime Minister during the recent Independence Day celebration in New Delhi. He encouraged the weavers for mass production of the Leeyum Phi while assuring all possible assistance including trainings and provision of market facilities.

The Minister further seek cooperation of all sections of the society stating that everyone has a responsibility towards the betterment of the society and not just politicians.

Shri Biswajit also asked the officials to spread awareness about the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, DDU-GKY amongst the rural youth so that they can avail the benefits provided under the scheme.

Principal Secretary RD & PR Shri MGH Khan said the SARAS Fair promotes the local artisans. He continued that there is an instruction from the Central Ministry to organize it biannual and as such it will be organize during Yaoshang from next year.

He said the MSRLM which is being implemented in only four blocks as of now will be implemented in 12 blocks soon.

The fair, organised by the Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission, aims to encourage the deprived section of the society for an incremental production through organized groups like Self Help Group (SHG). The fair will give emphasis to enhancing their sustainable livelihoods by attracting the market and bulk buyers. The fair aims to provide a platform for the underprivileged families and provide them an opportunity to showcase and sell products’ items made as a result of their talents and skills.

More than 150 stalls are opened at the venue selling various products including vegetables, garments, handicrafts and handloom products, etc.

The inaugural function was also attended by MANIDCO Chairman Dr. Radheshyam Singh, HDCL Chairman Shri S.Rajen Singh, officials and SHG members.

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