Department of women development in collaboration with Naandi Foundation launched five Common Service Centers (CSCs) and one packaging centre in selected blocks of Chiephobozou, Jakhama, Sechu Zubza, Jalukie, Medziphema and Dimapur.
Parliamentary secretary health & social welfare, child and women development Chotisuh Sazo, in his speech said women empowerment was a burning issue and Naga traditional practices had generally cared for women and girl-child, yet empowering women have become integral to the new approach in promoting sustainable human development. Stating that Nagaland government had taken up steps to empower women economically, socially and in other spheres Sazo called upon the people to change their mindset on receiving easy money without hard work and called upon all to attract youth through such programme.
He also urged Naandi to attain FPO license at the earliest for MYKI brand launched by TLI, DWD and advocated NABARD to provide financial assistance as to carry our the works even in future. Earlier, welcome address was delivered by T. Haralu, joint director of DWD. He gave a brief note on how these centers came to existence and the role played by the three organisations – DWD, NAANDI &NABARD. Short speeches were also delivered by SHG representatives of transformative livelihood intervention project (TLI), DWD from the six centers viz.- Chiephobozou, Sechu Zubza, Kigwema, Dimapur, Medziphema, Jalukie. Representatives thanked the Department, Naandi and NABARD for their initiative in bringing these centers to their areas and hoped for further assistance in the near future. Speech from NABARD representative was delivered by M. K. Mandal, Deputy General Manager where he spoke in length about the aim of opening the CSCs, which was mainly for socioeconomic upliftment of women folks.
The CSCs was established with financial support by NABARD initiated the integrated cluster development programme (ICDP) for processing food items.
The aim of the ICDP project was to provide processing service to 30000 women under Dimapur, Peren and Kohima Districts. Creation of skill pool in fruit processing and packaging at cottage level through training, processing and value addition in the products to ensure quality produce for outside markets, facilitating SHGs and federations to establish strong market linkages for value added horticulture produce both within and outside the state.