SILCHAR: With a vision to explore the power of women (Nari Shakti), Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli inaugurated a market shed christened as 'Mamoni Bazar' for women at Dinnathpur Bagicha under Katigorah here on Friday. The market shed was constructed at a cost of Rs 10 lakh under the DMFT (District Mineral Foundation Trust).
Also present on the occasion were Cachar Zilla Parishad Chairman, Amitabh Rai; Cachar District Development Commissioner, Rajib Roy; Chief Executive officer; Cachar Zilla Parishad Eldrad Faheirm; ZP president Dinanathur Bagicha Anamika Deb and other officials. All the dignitaries were felicitated with the traditional "gamosa".
Mentionably, this market shed is the first of its kind in the Barak Valley and it is among the identified 'Adarsh Villages' of Cachar District. The scheme has been taken up under a sustainable 'Convergence' project that will be carried out under the regular monitoring of the District Heads of Agriculture, Zilla Parishad, Fishery, Handloom & Textile and NRLM among others. The progress of these markets will be reviewed in the monthly DDC meeting. This market will run on a daily basis. The basic needs of the participants will be fulfilled at a very economical cost.
As the chief guest, Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli recounted that while she was in Hyderabad and came to know she will be posted in Assam, she came across a book called Moth-eaten Howdah of the Tusker written by Mamoni Raisom Goswami, which helped her to know about the north-eastern State.
Talking about women empowerment, she said, "The move will empower the woman — the backbone of any family. She takes care of her child, cooks the meal, teaches her children and tries to save a single penny for her family, and what is more, a woman is even held responsible for the honour of her family.
"More such 'mahila markets' will be opened in each district. In this respect, work is on in Dholai and Sonai."
She added, "Development of the individual will help in the development of his or her family, which in turn will help in the development of the entire district which will again result in the development of the State and the Country".
DC Jalli also said that the Gaon Panchayat president should ensure that only women can sell products in the said market. She further assured that more training will be conducted via various SHGs (Self Help Groups) to boost the production and sale of their products.
Dwelling on the importance of self-reliance, the DC said, "Each 'Mahila Market' will become the junction of various communities. In such centres, there will be an exchange of ideas among the women of various communities. This will help them to develop more and also encourage them to become self-reliant."
DC Jalli added, "I convey my gratitude to Pradip Das of Dinanathur Bagicha who came forward to donate land for this market. I also congratulate the CEO & Chairman of the Cachar Zilla Parishad, GP president and the Engineer of this project — Sailesh Singh for their involvement in the mission and contribution in carrying forward the philosophy and mission of women empowerment."
The Deputy Commissioner also expressed her happiness by mentioning that Cachar District is fortunate on being accorded the National Silver SKOCH Award in the Health category for this village.
Earlier, project engineer Sailesh Singh explained the objectives and purpose of this programme.
The gathering was addressed also by CEO Cachar Zilla Parishad Eldrad Faheirm; Cachar DDC Rajib Roy; Zilla Parishad Chairman Amitabh Rai; and ZP president Dinanathur Bagicha Anamika Deb. Later a dance recital was performed by the local women where the Cachar Deputy Commissioner also participated. This has been stated in a press release issued from the Silchar DDIPR office.