DIPHU, Dec 8: An awareness programme for baseline survey & mobilisation for implementation of Ambedkar Hastshilp Vikas Yojana (AHVY) was held in two places in Diphu town for formation of SHGs by the implementing body of the Office of the Development Commissioner (handicraft), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India.
In the morning the meeting was held at Rongchingri Samphri Boa-Kata Samabai Samiti Ltd, Rongchingri, Ward No.8 here, where women of Rongchingri, Sankur Anglong villages attended the meeting to get to know all about AHVY scheme.
In the meeting the Handicraft Promotion Officer, Marketing & Service Extension Centre (MSEC) of the Office of the DC, Handicraft, Jorhat Angom Indira Devi said the AHVY scheme is an initiative of DC, Handicraft, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, for the upliftment of handicraft artisans through forming SHGs and help them provide the necessary skills with latest technological trends on how to use good quality raw materials and design in order to bring out the highest finish quality products. The scheme is for economic weak handicraft artisans. Financial and logistic supports are given by the implementing body.
Indira Devi said cooperatives, federation of NGOs, entrepreneurs, designers, exporters etc. can avail the benefit. Devi said it needed to form about 30 SHGs for one cluster for implementing the scheme. There are various activities for promoting local handicraft artisans and the local women by coming together to form the SHGs.
Presently, Matipung Boa-Kata Samabai Samiti Ltd. is taking up handicraft and textile activities under this scheme in Diphu.
Inspector, Handloom & Textiles Fhrakurudin Ahmed and Sabina Teronpi and Rohila Rongpipi explained in details the process of registering SHGs and other procedures in order to avail the scheme.
Teronpi said the scheme is being availed by Matipung Boa-Kata Samabai Samiti Ltd. She urged Rongchingri Samphri Boa-Kata Samabai Samiti Ltd and Rengma Mahila Weavers Cooperative Society to avail the same.
The meeting was also attended by Rongchingri village headman Kiri Teron, president, Rongchingri Village Development Committee Jameson Rongpi; Jaliram Engti, Junior Inspector cum Auditor, Assistant Director, Handloom & Textiles and Mensing Engti.
The same meeting was also held at Rengma Mahila Weavers Cooperative Society near PWD colony, where the same resource persons told about the AHVY scheme and formation of SHGs.