Silchar: An exclusive market for women – ‘Mamoni Bazar’ – for the sale of products of Self Help Groups (SHGs) has been set up as a step towards their empowerment at Dinnathpur Bagicha in Assam’s Cachar district.

This market is the first of its kind in Barak valley and the project is under a sustainable convergence project for the village which is a model one, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerti Jalli said while inaugurating the market on Friday.

“The step taken for building a Mahila market is undoubtedly an enthusiastic one towards women empowerment and these should be opened in every nook and corner of the district”, she said,

The work to set up a women’s market are already in progress in Dholai and Sonai, she added.

“It was decided to open a market exclusive for women as a woman is the backbone of her family who takes care of her children, cooks food, teaches her children and tries to save every single penny for the welfare of her family”, Jalli said.

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The Deputy Commissioner directed the Gaon Panchayat president to ensure that only women can sell products in this market.

She assured that the women of various Self Help Groups, who will sell their products in these markets, will be imparted training regularly to increase their production and sale.

Regular monitoring will be done by the concerned district heads of various departments like agriculture, fishery, handloom and textile along with the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

The market will run on a daily basis and the operational cost will be very low, she said.

An amount of Rs 10 lakh was spent on the construction of the market shed under the District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT).

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