CM seeks maximum opportunities for SHGs

Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang
Thu, Aug 29, 2019

Dept directed to consider SHGs for school uniforms

GANGTOK (IPR): Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, for the second day running, continued with the meeting which he had held yesterday with the Rural Development department in the conference hall of the Tashiling Secretariat here.
Continuing from where he left last evening, the Chief Minister stressed on allotting maximum opportunities to the Self Help Groups (SHG) while empowering them for their livelihood and make them a sustainable force. The SHGs, in return, should assure the government by exhibiting their diligence and dedication towards their duty.
The Chief Minister also expressed his concern regarding continuation of such projects that are livelihood-oriented for the needy people of the state.  He also expressed his concern about the school uniforms that are being supplied to the students, which he felt, was not meeting the required standard.
Therefore, the Chief Minister asked if the SHGs can monitor or even stitch the school school uniforms which is up to the standard, which in turn would not only give employment to the people but also assure good quality uniforms to the students and also asked the concerned department to look into the matter earnestly.
Talking about the policy of the government on giving first preference to the locals where getting employment in the pharma companies are concerned, the Chief Minister stated that these numerous pharma companies must be having numerous posts lying vacant where the local unemployed youths could be absorbed. He directed the concerned department to collect information and correct data on how many technical and non-technical staffs are actually needed in these pharma companies of Sikkim.
The secretary to the Chief Minister, S. D. Dhakal mentioned that Rs. 50 crore under Mission Organic Value Chain Development Project for North Eastern Region (MOVCD) fund, meant for farmers, is not utilized by the department, which can be given to the SHGs, thereby facilitating and upgrading them towards their collective prosperity across the State. Besides giving some tips on various livelihood oriented projects, he also highlighted the significance of modern poultry farming which is profitable and hygienic as well.
Rural Development commissioner Dr. P. Senthil Kumar highlighted on North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP), National Rural livelihood Mission (NRLM), Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY) and various aspects of rural housing.

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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