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Majuli weavers have reason to cheer

From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Sept 12: To boost women empowerment under the aegis of National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), weavers from Majuli island district will get a boost to take up weaving as a profession. Weaving is done in every household throughout the island and this initiative will help expose the unique traditional skill that the weavers possess, said Pallav Gopal Jha, the Deputy Commissioner of Majuli on Tuesday.
The Deputy Commissioner Jha took stock of the problems faced by the rural women with the intention of empowering them through weaving along with other livelihood activities like piggery, sugarcane and pulses cultivation. Empowering women through schemes sponsored by NRLM and financed by Assam Gramin Vikash Bank is a priority for the district administration.
 During the meeting, financial issues were discussed at length as banks harass beneficiaries who come with government schemes for finance.  The DC called upon the women cluster groups to implement various schemes undertaken by NRLM. He said that banks would provide finance but beneficiaries too must repay the loan on time or legal action would be taken against them, said the DC at the meeting held at Nayabazaar Community Hall in Majuli in presence NRLM District Project Director Rashmi Rai, panchayat presidents and officials of Assam Gramin Vikash Bank.