Shillong(Meghalaya), Nov 3: The Meghalaya Government continued with its aggressive rural welfare push with the CM Conrad K Sangma today distributing Funds and Livestock to promote sustainable livelihood at Raliang Village in Laskein Block of West Jaintia Hills District..
CM, Conrad Sangma disbursed funds amounting to ₹. 2.07 Lakhs under ‘FOCUS+’ Farmer’s Welfare Programme impacting 207 producer households. The ‘FOCUS+’ initiative has been designed to provide benefits to all producer households across Meghalaya. It is an extension of Meghalaya’s biggest farmers welfare program ‘FOCUS’ (Farmers Collectivization for Upscaling Production and Marketing System). The two schemes (Focus and Focus+) will provide farming households of Meghalaya a financial advantage of ₹10,000 per household.
For the benefit of Self-Help Groups of Laskein Block, Community Investment Fund (CIF) of ₹61.80 LakhS was handed over to 10 Village Organisations.
The Financial Assistance under YESS Meghalaya to youth organizations continued with ₹. 5.40 Lakhs being distributed by the CM to 13 Youth Groups of groups of Laskein Block. YESS is a scheme launched to nurture the youth by empowering organizations working towards social welfare and sports.
Moreover, under the Rural Backyard Piggery Scheme, ‘PROGRESS’, 1068 piglets (3 females and 1 male each) were distributed to 267 farmer households from West Jaintia Hills District. The ‘PROGRESS’ scheme aims at ensuring sustainable livelihood of farmers through different livestock farming activities. This scheme is envisaged to benefit 10,000 poor and marginal farmers as well as increasing pork and poultry production in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Conrad K Sangma said “We are happy to be conducting this funds and livestock distribution programme for the benefit of farmers, self-help groups and youth organizations of West Jaintia Hills District. Our government has been working tirelessly to uplift the status of farmers across Meghalaya. Our aim is to double their income by providing them with more and more avenues of sustainable livelihoods. During the past four and a half years, we have championed several programs on a mission mode to bring about a positive turnaround.”