Minister Kaito launches 2nd phase of ICDP for 5 districts

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Kohima, July 20: Nagaland Minister for Agriculture and Cooperation, G Kaito Aye today launched the second phase of Integrated Co-operative Development Program (ICDP) for five district – Kohima, Tuensang, Kiphire, Longleng and Peren districts.
Under programme a registered society with minimum of 10 members can avail loan upto Rs 5 lakh.
Addressing the launching ceremony, the Minister said ICDP is one of the most important schemes of the National Co-operative Development Co-operation (NCDC) with the main objectives being development of primary agricultural credit societies as multi-purpose self-reliant entities.
He said that the programme also aims at development of allied sector Co-operatives societies and development of viable functional linkages among cooperatives societies.
Under the ICDP, he said that an integrated area based approach is adopted for development of co-operative societies in selected districts.
The scheme promotes various economic activities through co-operatives in the sphere of Agriculture, Agro-based industries, Cottage & household industries, Agri allied sectors like fishery, Dairy, Handloom, Horticulture and Rural industries in the selected districts, he said.
In Nagaland, he said the department has already implemented ICDP in 8 districts in the recent past.
However, the Minister lamented that the outcome of the program has been very discouraging despite the fact that Nagaland has enormous resources in different areas to create success stories and set an example even in the national level.
Kaito therefore expressed hope that with the launch of 2nd phase of ICDP in the 5 districts, the officers and all the staff engaged for implementation of this program would discharge their responsibilities with all sincerity and maintain transparency keeping in mind the mechanism for monitoring of the project set by the department.
He also urged the targeted Co-operative societies to be aware of the objectives of the Project and come up with exemplary achievements and success stories.
The Minister also handed over the vehicles to the Chief Project Officers of the five districts as a symbolic gesture of launching the project.
A representative of Kohima District Weavers and Artisans Cooperative Society Ltd conveyed gratitude and appreciation to the Government of India for including Kohima district in the project.
“This is indeed a great opportunity for local artisans and weavers to promote and preserve the indigenous products and hence contribute to preserving Nagaland’s rich cultural heritage.
“This is a great project with a wide scope for societies to grow and progress in every aspect”, she said.
Managing Director of Nagaland State Cooperative Bank (NStCB) Ltd, R Lipoktoba acknowledged the government for making the bank as the Project Implementing Agency (PIA).
Recalling that in the past NStCB as PIA has successfully implemented 5 ICDPs in Mokokchung, Wokha, Tuensang, Phek and Dimapur districts, he said “there has been marked development in the agri & allied sector and even the prioritized sectors under non-farm also which has been covered by the previous ICDPs in the implemented districts and thereby achieving rural economic sustenance and also greatly contributed to the economic upliftment in the state in general and the remote and rural masses in particular.
Affirming that the Bank is fully prepared and geared to successfully implement the second phase ICDPs to the satisfaction of NCDC, government and beneficiaries, he assured that there would not be anything lacking as far as the banking facilities and execution of the project.
Informing that the bank as PIA would strictly adhere to the laid down guidelines, he called upon project implementing team to cover only functional societies with authenticated members and emphasis on cashless transactions.
Vice chairman of MARCOFED Ltd. Dr Aotoshi and secretary to Government of Nagaland, K Libanthung Lotha also exhorted the gathering.
Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Wepe Ritse chaired the programme. (Page News Service)