Water Resources Minister H Brolding Nongsiej today said that the presence of Self Help Groups (SHGs) in the society has proved to be a blessing to the State even as he called upon SHG members to work together by way of mutual exchange of ideas, experiences and best practices in order to further promote the SHG movement in Mawthadraishan Block.
Nongsiej was addressing a SHG Mela cum Health Camp at the playground of St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Nongkasen. The programme was organised as part of commemoration of Meghalaya’s 50 years of statehood by the office of the Block Development Officer, Mawthadraishan C&RD Block in collaboration with the Meghalaya State Rural Livelihood Society( MSRLS), the implementing agency of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).
Stating that SHG members are torch bearers of their respective villages, Nongsiej also encouraged others who are yet to be part of the SHG movement to participate in the movement as there are multiple opportunities for their socio-economic uplift through formation of SHGs and Village Organisations (VOs).
The programme also featured awareness creation on financial inclusion by different departments and banking officials as also songs and dances performed by different VOs and SHGs of Mawthadraishan Block and awards were also distributed to best performing VOs and SHGs.
Among others who spoke during the programme include Additional Deputy Commissioner, West Khasi Hills District, Herwood K. Thabah, Additional Deputy Commissioner in charge, Mairang Civil Sub-Division Alertson Nongbri, Mawthadraishan Block Development Officer W B Marbaniang, and State Project Manager, National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), Meghalaya M Kharmalki.
Officials representing various government departments, bank officials, traditional heads of the area, representatives of Village Organisations (VOs), SHG members and others also took part at the SHG Mela cum Health Camp.