NSRLM organizes training on financial inclusion

Correspondent Kohima, Mar 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/26/2019 1:03:11 PM IST

Five-day training on financial inclusion for area coordinators organized by Nagaland State Rural Livelihoods Mission (NSRLM), Rural Development commenced on Tuesday at ATI Kohima.

Managing director, NSRLM Athel O. Lotha in her address said for more than a decade, several poverty alleviation programmes have been piloted across the country through the aegis of Self Help Groups (SHGs). However, she said owning to various factors and limitations, there has been no substantial impact in the lives of the rural populace.  She therefore, said that Government of India has launched the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) by restructuring Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) replacing the existing SGSY scheme, effective from April 1, 2013 at all levels. 

One of the main thrusts of creating sustainable livelihoods was through access to various financial services, particularly credit linkage, she added. 

Maintaining that financial inclusion was a challenging job where out of 74 blocks in the state, 30 still remained unbanked, she hoped that this training will bring changes in the state through NSRLM.  Athel also challenged the participants to ensure that they imbibe all the relevant skills and knowledge on financial inclusion and disseminate the same to their community institutions. Lead district manager (LDM) Kohima and nodal officer state level banker’s committee (SLBC) Peter Lokho in his address said the real satisfaction come when the down trodden people are benefited. 

He therefore encouraged the trainees to overcome the hindrance faced by them with a positive approach. He also clarified the doubts and questions raised by the participants.

District development manager NABARD Poji, in his address, shared the success story of SHGs in Bangladesh and asked to emulate from them.

Vice chairman Nagaland State Cooperative Bank (NSCB) Ltd. Kekhwengulo Lea in his address urged the department to earmark more fund and suggested introduction of award to develop competitive spirit. He informed that NSCB was doing well in 21 branches across the state. 

Encouraging the activities of SHGs, Lea said SHG is in save hands of Naga women who are better in saving and managing than the men folk. 

The programme was chaired by program manager (FL) NSRLM Rajuselie Lhousa, resource were persons were national resource person (NRP-F1) Dibyendu Chakraborty and national resource person (NRP-F1) Bidyut K. Basu. Altogether 44 area coordinators from nine districts namely Dimapur, Kiphire, Kohima, Mokokchung, Longleng, Mon, Phek, Wokha and Zunheboto attended the training.  


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