Thursday, February 2, 2023

DUDA and DMC organise ‘SVANidhi Mahotsav’ mela

Staff Reporter

District Urban Development Agency (DUDA) and Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), sponsored by Urban Development Agency, Nagaland, organised “SVANidhi Mahotsav Mela” at Super Market, here on Saturday.
Addressing the gathering as special guest, Moatoshi Longkumer, MLA, said the festival was celebrated to commemorate the second year of SVANidhi Mahotsav scheme, which was launched on June 1, 2020.
He informed that the scheme officered financial assistance as loans with minimal interest rates to street vendors and small traders and was launched by the government of India to assist street vendors who were economically affected during the pandemic.
Dwelling on the advantages of the scheme, Moatoshi urged upon the vendors to apply for the scheme and to follow digital transaction.
He said that it was disheartening to see that only a handful vendors were using digital transaction.
Lamenting that Nagas had many to learn from the scheme, he said Nagas did not know the art of saving and most did not maintain credit discipline.
In the welcome address, DMC administrator, Albert Ezung informed that around 2400 street vendors were recorded in Dimapur and that, 1796 applied for the scheme out of which 1090 were sanctioned with the benefits and 1047 were disbursed.
He informed that Dimapur was regarded as the best performing ULB in entire North East as far as SVANidhi scheme was concerned.
Albert informed that a street vendor would receive a loan of Rs 10,000, in the first stage and after paying back the loan, the same vendor can request for Rs. 20,000 and later Rs. 50,000.
The programme was chaired by Development Authority of Nagaland secretary, Pat Keyhie and invocation was offered by WSBAK women secretary, Kakheli Inato Jimo.
Testomonies were delivered by convener SEWA & PM SVANidhi beneficiary, Rita Ghosh and SHG-G, Day-NULM beneficiary, Kesiateilak Sieringmaa.
Highlights of the programme included special number by New Market Street Vendors, folk song by Sieringmaa SHG and folk dance by Sonthao SHG.
Vote of thanks was proposed by assistant director, Urban Development & state nodal officer PM SVANidhi & DAY-NULM, Kiniholi Kinimi.
The programme was followed by digital training, distribution of “parichay” boards and QR codes, registration of new street vendors, food stalls and exhibition & sale of SHGs products.

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