Chief Minister, Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma, launched the Nutritional Security Program of the Government by distributing nutritional packages to single and lactating mothers on the 4th of November, 2017 at the Bakdil Krimkro Federation Centre, Upper Bamonpara, Dalu. The packages comprised of 8 kilos of feed and five kuroilers (3 month old). The event also celebrated the milestone of 100 lakhs worth of loans disbursed by the SHGs (Self Help Groups).
This program is a brainchild of Chief Minister Sangma and a Government initiative which aims at taking care of any nutritional deficiencies amongst children, lactating mothers and the elderly through introducing backyard kuroilers farming as part of the Livestock Mission. The event was also graced by Bluebell Sangma, the MLA of Chokpot. Dr. Sangma also released the publication of the milestones of the Bakdil Krimkro SHG Federation and unveiled the plaque that commemorates the launch of the program and also gifted two trays containing eggs to the Nokma who also donated their lands for building the Bakdil Krimkro SHG Federation Centre. He also felicitated Meghalaya Rural Bank officials, three poultry entrepreneurs from the region who have attained success and the Branch Manager of the Meghalaya Rural Bank in Dalu.
He also issued his congratulations for Bakdil, for the efforts in achieving self sufficiency via SHGs and entrepreneurship. He also talked of how the success of the federation should be highlighted and also talked of how the Government was working to eliminate nutritional deficiencies across multiple age groups. He talked of how the Government had launched its scheme where 40,000 families in the state would initially benefit from the Livestock Mission. He also talked of how the right partners were necessary for any scheme to attain success and the stakeholders would have to make these programmes work once they were being implemented. He also said that the MHIS would be enhanced in order to ensure zero payment for medical treatment for those holding smart cards. He also urged the cultivation of the Stevia amongst members of the federation and instructed Fr. Sunny Joseph Mavelil, the Bakdil Director, for ensuring the same.
Dr. Sangma stated that the Stevia plant was in high demand since it is in use as a sweetener and hence cultivating the same may help in garnering lucrative benefits. Fr. Sunny also talked of how loans of 150 lakhs had already been sanctioned by Krimkro SHG Federation members and 60,000 has already been repaid to the Meghalaya Rural Bank.