Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal took part at a Mahila Samaroh organised by panchayat and rural development department and assam state rural livelihood mission at Sarbhog in Barpeta.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that women must play their part in taking the state towards high growth trajectory.
Sonowal urged the women of the state to take advantage of schemes like Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni (KMSA) launched by the state government to become economically independent. He also said that by properly utilising the Rs 25000 revolving fund provided to the women Self Help Groups (SHGs) under KMSA, the SHGs can receive fund up to Rs 5 lakh by which they can make meaningful contribution to the state’s economy.
Sonowal also announced that three best performing SHGs would be awarded prizes which would carry cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs, Rs 3 lakhs and Rs 2 lakhs. Also, members of these SHGs would also be provided the opportunity to travel abroad for acquiring skills.
Stating that there is a big market within the state itself for different products, the chief minister urged the women entrepreneurs to strive for capturing the state’s market with their products.
Sonowal added that the present government has been able to eliminate corrupt practices from the administrative system and provide clean governance. He said that construction of 24 lakh toilets in the state within last two years, free text books to students, skill development etc are some of the highlights of the present government.
Urging the people to keep their faith on the government, the chief minister said that the state government is committed to safeguard the interest of all indigenous people of the state. He also called on the women to play their part in maintaining peace and harmony in the society so that the young generation can be given a healthy environment for growth.
A total of 21 SHGs under Kokrajhar LS constituency were presented cheques of Rs 25000 each by the chief minister during the programme.