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World Bank aided project to help 300,000 families in North East Indian States Tripura,Mizoram,Nagaland, Sikkim
 World Bank aided project to help 300,000 families in North East Indian States Tripura,Mizoram,Nagaland, Sikkim

Agartala/Aizawl, Sept 28 (TIWN) Over 300,000 poor families of Tripura, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim would be supported by the World Bank funded project --- North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP), officials said Saturday.

Officials in Agartala and Aizawl said : “The World Bank aided NERLP would be implemented in four northeastern states – Tripura, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim - to boost the economic position of the rural people in these states.”

Various livelihood generation schemes including farming, handloom and handicrafts, cottage works would be undertaken in the selected districts of the four northeastern states under the NERLP.

The officials  said : "The NERLP would be executed in two districts each of the four northeast states of India covering three lakh families of 1,624 villages in 58 blocks.

The NERLP would be controlled by North East Livelihood Promotion Society under the union DoNER (Development of North Eastern Region) ministry while the Guwahati based Regional Project Management Unit would supervised.

The Tripura government has also formed around 45,000 self-help groups (SHGs) to arrange livelihood scope for the lakhs of rural, unemployed and needy men and women.

A Tripura Rural Livelihood Mission has also formed by the Tripura government to guide these SHGs.

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla Friday launched the NERLP for Aizawl and Lunglei districts here.

Introducing the NERLP in the two districts of Mizoram, the chief minister said: "NERLP is an excellent programme, like the Mizoram government's flagship plan NLUP (New Land Use Policy), for improving the economic condition of the rural poor, especially women, unemployed youths and weaker sections of the society."

"The project need to be carried out involving government officials, NGOs and local people without any dishonesty," he added.

Mizoram's Rural Development Minister R.Lalzirliana said the state had been waiting for long time for such a project to provide economic security to the rural people.

The Mizoram government launched Rs.2,873-crore NLUP in 2010 to solve food scarcity due to shifting from "Jhum cultivation" (slash and burn method of cultivation) to stable farming.

NLUP aims to support 125,000 "Jhumia" (shifting cultivator) families in four phases to settle them under stable agriculture.


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