Modi lauded the artefacts and products displayed at an

first_imgexhibition of stalls set up by self-help groups of women from all north eastern states and said his government is committed to development of such groups, particularly of women, and his Cabinet has approved a special package fund for these states. “The objective is to accelerate implementation of National Rural Livelihood Mission, so as to cover two-thirds of all rural households in North Eastern States by 2023-24,” he said. Unveiling a plaque for foundation stone of a football stadium here, he hoped it will go a long way towards fulfilling the objective of state governments “Meghalaya Mission Football” that aims at detecting talent at grass-root level and providing support for grooming and nurturing promising children and youngsters as professional footballers. The footback stadium is being constructed at a cost of Rs 38 crore with the help of Union Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region (DONER). With India hosting the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017 and Meghalaya having a number of football clubs and associations, the Prime Minister said, “Perhaps, you can organize competitive local tournaments and lead the way for other parts of country, to build a series of major events leading to Under-17 World Cup.” Modi also recalled names of some big footballers from the region who have earned a big name for their state and country by participating at international levels. “We need to take advantage of this event being held in India and ensure the spread and development of this sport not only in the North Eastern Region, but also in other parts of the country,” he said. The Prime Minister said during his last visit to Gangtok a few months ago, Sikkim was declared as the first Organic state in the country and hoped other NE states took a lead from Sikkim to turn Organic too. “In fact, the North Eastern Region has the potential to become Organic Food Basket of India. This will increase the income of the farmers,” he said. He also highlighted various goverment schemes including PM Mudra Yojana under which collateral free loans are provided to small entrepreneurs and said during 2015-16 more than 3.48 crore entrepreneurs were sanctioned loans of over Rs 1.37 lakh crore, out of which 6 lakh loans were sanctioned in North Eastern states for a value of around Rs 2800 Crore. He also said that to boost industrial activity and employment under North East Region Textile Promotion scheme, one apparel and garment making centre is being set up in each of the eight states at a cost of Rs 145 crores and of the 8 centres, 7 centres have already been completed, each having three units. PTI SKC AKKadvertisementlast_img

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