The north-eastern states will have a exclusive rural livelihood scheme, North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP). The livelihood project will be supported by the World Bank and will primarily benefit the tribals and the lower socio-economic groups, including women, in the North-Eastern Region (NER). This was informed by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh in New Delhi on Thursday.
In the first phase, the project will be taken up in four states - Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura - for helping the tribal and even the non-tribal lower groups living in remote areas. The project is aimed at assisting over 10,000 self-help groups (SHGs) and benefit about 300,000 poor households, a DoNER Ministry press note has said.
Besides, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the North-Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMAC), a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region, is also assisting the farmers and agriculturists to obtain remunerative price for their produce.
Dr Singh said, while the development and empowerment of the north eastern region is high on the priority of the Government, the special focus is on women, particularly tribal women, woman-headed households and single woman households. The more vulnerable tribal groups like Reang in Tripura and Lepsha and Bhutias in Sikkim are also going to benefit from it, he added.
Meanwhile, a delegation of the ‘Forum of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Legislators and Parliamentarians’, led by its President, Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal met the Minister and presented a memorandum focusing on the issues of empowerment of tribal communities in Northeast.
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