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CSWB to introduce job oriented schemes

Chairperson of CSWB, Prima Carriappa, parliamentary secretary, Chotisüh Sazo, and others taking a look at the women weaving thread at Phüsachodu village, Tuesday.
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Published on 4 Mar. 2009 1:40 AM IST
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The Central Social Welfare Board will introduce job oriented schemes in Nagaland to help women to be self reliant and improve their standard of living. Addressing the villagers during her maiden visit to Phüsachodu village, the site for Integrated Scheme for Women Empowerment (ISWE) project, on Tuesday, Chairperson of Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi, Prima Carriappa said these job oriented schemes will come under food processing, horticulture, para-medical, agriculture etc which will be economically viable. Stressing that all women in Nagaland should be educated and economically self reliant, Carriappa underlined the need for the scheme on condensed education course for girls. Dwelling on the poor road conditions in the state, she assured to support the state government in getting aids from the Defence Ministry for good road connectivity. Stating that the ISWE project had come a long way since its inception in 1953, Carriappa said the scheme had undergone a lot of changes with the updating of old schemes and introduction of new schemes in accordance with the need of the people. Lamenting that many of the ISWE programmes were not introduced in Nagaland, she asked the Nagaland State Social Welfare Board to take up more projects and schemes in all the districts of the state. Parliamentary Secretary, Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, Chotisüh Sazo, hoped that the community based programmes would successfully improve the standard of the people. Sazo said the state needed socio-economic development programmes in field of horticulture, agriculture, fishery, weaving etc and urged the central board to upgrade and enhance the capacity of the women folk by introducing machineries. Secretary, Nagaland State Social Welfare Board, Daisy Mezhür, requested the central board to introduce integrated vocational-cum-training centres in the state. During the programme, the Women Combined Self help Group, Phüsachodu village, submitted a memorandum to the CSWB chairperson requesting her to provide weaving machines and a building for weaving to the women folk, who in turn assured her support to the women SHGs. The programme was marked by folk songs and dances, demonstration of spinning thread, weaving etc. The NSSWB first initiated the ISWE pilot project in Phüsachodu village in 2007. Till date, the village has 12 community based groups who are taking part in income generating activities. The groups will start poultry and piggery farms as a part of the project. The programme was attended by Tonlin Wangsa, chairperson, NSSWB, and members of the board; village council members, and other government officials.

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