Arunachal Pradesh deputy CM Chowna Mein (File photo) Credit: File image

Namsai: Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein on Monday called upon the State Rural Livelihood Mission (ArSRLM) to also focus on promoting handloom and handicrafts of the state besides agriculture and allied activities.

ArSRLM is an autonomous society registered under the Society Registration Act of 1860 under the aegis of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh. It is the nodal agency for implementing National Rural Livelihood Mission/Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana in the state.

The mission of the ArSRLM is to reduce poverty in the state by enabling the poor households to access gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities.

“We have to deliver our best services for the welfare of people,” Chowna Mein said while informing that the state government is planning to establish a handloom emporium in all the districts to showcase the rich culture of the state through the handloom activities.

The deputy chief minister who was addressing a review meeting of the ArSRLM advised the mission’s officers to work in coordination with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, NABARD and other line departments for better output of their efforts.

The efforts made by the ArSRLM for credit linkages with banks are laudable and it will improve the Credit-deposit ratio of the district, he said.

Chowna Mein said he would like to see the success stories from each block of ArSRLM and advised them to try to compete with each other.

He announced to reward the best performing blocks.

Namsai MLA Zingnu Namchoom assured all support to the ArSRLM team and announced to give Rs 5 lakh to each primary level federation consisting of 8 to 10 SHGs for establishment of an office from his local area development fund.

Lekang MLA Jummum Ete Deori requested the ArSRLM team to start its activities in her block for the benefit of the people.

ArSRLM district mission manager Mongam Basar gave a detailed presentation on the activities undertaken by the mission along with its progress.

She highlighted that as on date there is no non-performing asset (NPA) reported against the loans availed by the self help groups (SHGs).

Basar thanked NABARD for its support to the SHGs for promotion of livelihood activities and providing marketing support through rural mart and haats.

Namsai deputy commissioner R K Sharma and NABARD district development manager Kamal Roy also spoke.

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