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Assam: Exclusive market for women vendors inaugurated along Indo-Bangla border in Cachar

By Staff Correspondent
Assam: Exclusive market for women vendors inaugurated along Indo-Bangla border in Cachar

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Silchar, July 16: In a welcome move, a market for women envisioned to explore the power of women vendors at Dinnathpur Bagicha close to the Indo-Bangla international border under Katigorah constituency was inaugurated by Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner shared her views saying that while in Hyderabad and she was informed of her posting in Assam, she had read a book The Moth Eaten Howdah of the Tusker, written by Jnanpith awardee Mamoni Raisom Goswami which helped her to get introduced to the taste and preferences of Assam.

"The move behind opening the market was to explore the immense potential inherent in women. The Mahila market will be the junction of various communities like Bengali, Nepali, Dimasa speaking people which will develop more and encourage women to become self-reliant. Such kinds of markets should be opened in every nook and corner of the district and work is already in progress for opening such markets in Dholai and Sonai constituencies," Jalli said. The Deputy Commissioner said that the GP president should ensure that only women can sell products in the said market. She assured that more training will be conducted via various SHGs for more production and sale.

The Deputy Commissioner thanked Das, an inhabitant of Dinanathur Bagicha who came forward to donate this land on which this market was constructed. Jalli also thanked the CEO Eldad L. Faihriem and the Chairman of Cachar Zilla Parishad Amitabh Rai , the local GP president and also the engineer of the project Sailesh Singh who have worked hard for the project to be materialized.

As per a release from DDIPR Barak Valley zone, this market shed constructed utilizing Rs 10 lakh under District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT), is first of its kind in Barak valley and it is also one amongst the identified Adarsh Villages of Cachar District. The scheme has been taken up under a sustainable convergence project that will be carried out in the long run and regular monitoring by the concerned District Heads such as Agriculture, Zilla Parishad, Fishery, Handloom, Textile and NRLM etc. The usefulness of the market will be reviewed in the monthly DDC meeting. This market will run on a daily basis.

The Deputy Commissioner also expressed her happiness by mentioning that Cachar District received the national silver SKOCH award in the health category for this village.

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