Vatsalya Mela for SHGs kicks off at MG Marg

Gangtok, 30 Mar [IPR]:

Two-day Vatsalya Mela for Self Help Groups of Sikkim, organized by Sikkim State Social Welfare Board under Central Social Welfare Board, Government of India, began at MG Marg today.

The Mela is being organized to encourage and promote Organic Mission and Skill Development for Sustainable Livelihood wherein 20 SHGs from four districts of the State displayed their products.

The inaugural day of Vatsalya Mela was attended by Minister for Health and IPR Departments, AK Ghatani, as chief guest.

While addressing the gathering, Mr Ghatani said, “We need to fight for women's empowerment, economic freedom over entrepreneurial development and self-employment. Thus, the State government has provided them with the SHG concept.”

He also added that SHGs are one of the most innovative and much needed schemes which help in accelerating entrepreneurship among women, women’s self employment and women's empowerment. The concept has been successfully implemented now in Sikkim and it has become the best tool for social and economic development, he added.

The Minister informed about various issues regarding Organic Mission and said that the State today has crossed many milestones of development under the leadership of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling. He called for collective participation while executing their responsibilities.

Secretary for Horticulture & Cash Crop Development Department, Khorlo Bhutia, in his address, appreciated the efforts of SHGs in enhancing agricultural production in State.

“As Sikkim has become an Organic State, the responsibility of the progressive farmers and SHGs should be enhanced enormously to ensure sustainability of food and vegetable production in the State,” said Mr Bhutia.

He also urged the farmers to take full advantage of the schemes/initiatives and every opportunity provided by the state government.

Chairperson, Welfare Board, Phurmit Lepcha, welcomed everyone and briefed about SHGs.

The programme was also attended by Mayor, Shakti Singh Choudhary, Deputy Mayor, Lassey Doma, Secretary, SJE&WD, Sarala Rai, Director, H&CCD Department, DK Bhandari, progressive farmers and senior officials of government departments.