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Imphal: Forty-four Self Help Groups (SHGs) were provided loans and a cash award of Rs 1 lakh for the best performing SHG Award was also conferred to a group from Sawombung Block, observance of Azaadi Ka Amrit Mohotsav at Uchekon Nongpok Community Hall, Kongba Khunou Awang Leikai, Thongju, Imphal East on Thursday.

Rural development and Panchayati Raj minister Thongam Biswajit Singh said empowering womenfolk will improve socio-economic status of families in rural areas.

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The observation was organised by the Block Resource Centre-Start Up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP), Keirao Bitra Block, Imphal East, under the Manipur State Rural Livelihood Mission, Manipur.

Establishing SHGs in rural areas aims to strengthen women empowerment. This will eliminate unemployment and enhance socio-economic status of the people in rural areas, the minister said.

Above the support and help from the government and others, sustenance and strengthening of the SHGs depend entirely on the determination and hard work of the members alone, he added.

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Speaking on the observance of the Azaadi ka Amrit Mohotsav, he said the department has taken up various developmental activities including tree plantation drives as part of the observation.

He said the Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is a country-wide campaign and we need to convert it into a mass movement. He said such small changes in the local level can contribute in bringing a significant national gain.

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