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WB team meets AHoDs, HoDs

Chief secretary Nagaland, Lalthara (left) delivering welcome speech during the meeting with World Bank team members at Hotel Japfu in Kohima, Wednesday. (DIPR)
Published on 21 May. 2009 12:18 AM IST
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The World Bank has selected Peren and Tuensang districts from Nagaland including Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura from North East region for its project intended to enhance agriculture products and to facilitate and improve the daily lives of the poor in the region, DoNER joint secretary, Jayashree Mukherjee stated this Wednesday at a meeting held at Hotel Japfu, Kohima with state chief secretary, Administrative Heads (AHoDs) and Heads of Development Departments (HoDs). Delivering introductory speech, Mukherjee said the World Bank project was intended to focus on skill building, marketing and enhancing livelihood security of the poor so as to facilitate and elevate their living standard, an official bulletin stated. Senior rural development specialist, Biswajit Sen giving a power point presentation of the project said the main objective of the project was to achieve and enhance livelihood productivity among participation of local community groups through participatory and demands driven investment choices and collective action with support from value added partnership. “Its approach is to build the strength of the IFAD supported NERCOMP project and community based groups’ formation for livelihood generation and natural resources management,” Sen said. He further added that in community level they would focus on formation of Self Help Groups (SHGs), village level community groups for farming system, community infrastructures and service delivery and identification and training of youth for job employment. Joint secretary and deputy team leader of NEPeD, Raj Verma who also gave a power point presentation on “Livelihood option in Nagaland the way forward” – based on Tuensang and Peren districts – said the main problem they faced include transportation, communication and inadequate health services. “They are most vulnerable to climate change,” he said adding that steps should be taken in understanding the people and analyzing the situation. Verma also said that people needed to build confidence, specially young people and women, inspired leadership and to create role models, providing information and access to credit facilities are great empowering effects. Nagaland Bee Keeping and Money Mission, Nagaland Bio-resource and Money Mission, Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency and Nagaland Empowerment of people through Economic Development (NEPED) also presented short power point presentations on their developmental activities. Earlier welcome speech was delivered by state chief secretary, Lalthara while the programme was chaired by commissioner and secretary, planning and nodal officer for NERLP, I Himato. Other team members included IFAD country manager, Matia Galati; NEC director (administration and planning), Santanu Mitra; senior rural development specialist, Biswajit Sen and IFAD Dr. V.T. Darlong.

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