MDA govt has given Rs 124 cr to SHGs, says Meghalaya CM  

He informed that the MDA government has been implementing the schemes of the past with renewed commitment to ensure that its benefits reach the people.



Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma has said that the state government has disbursed an amount of Rs 124 cr in the last three-and- a-half years to Self Help Groups (SHGs) to enhance livelihood and ensure financial stability 

“In the last three-and-a-half years, the  MDA government has distributed Rs 124 cr to SHGs through National Rural Livelihood Mission… from Rs 35 cr in last 10 years (prior to 2018) to Rs. 124 cr in 3.5 years… in 10 years, loans amounting to Rs 12 cr were distributed, while in the last 3.5 years, loans amounting to Rs 66 cr were distributed in the state,” the chief minister said, while stating that MDA government is doing things differently to ensure growth and development in the state, according to an official statement.  

He was speaking at the grand SHG Mela held at Thadlaskein in West Jaintia Hills on November 5.

He informed that the MDA government has been implementing the schemes of the past with renewed commitment to ensure that its benefits reach the people. 

“When we say, we will do things differently, we mean that we will improve the efficiency and delivery mechanism of governance… and this is what the MDA government has achieved by ensuring that the same schemes reach more people through efficient delivery. We have ensured that the efficiency level has gone up, which has enabled us to help lakhs of people,” he added. 

He said that the government has institutionalised the SHG movement in the State, with the objective to make the SHGs the ‘front-end’ of the government. 

“It is a network (referred to SHGs) that can create miracles in the state. It is a network that can change, the dynamics of our livelihood,  our health, our education and our children’s future. Everything can happen through this very strong and magical network of women groups,” he asserted. 

The chief minister along with MLA of Jowai Wailadmiki Shylla distributed loans worth Rs 82 lakh to 82 SHGs, which were sanctioned by the Meghalaya Rural Bank (MRB), the nodal bank which has affiliation with the government for implementation of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).   

Also, the Community Investment Fund to 11 Village Organisations (Vos) for 113 SHGs amounting to Rs 56.5 lakh and the Vulnerability Reduction Fund amounting to Rs 15 lakhs to 15 VOs were distributed during the programme.

Further, under Meghalaya’s biggest farmers’ welfare program ‘FOCUS’ (Farmers Collectivisation for Upscaling Marketing Systems), the chief minister  distributed cheques amounting to Rs 29.90 lakh to 46 Producer Groups impacting over 500 farmers in West Jaintia Hills District.

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