MSCB and ACCORDS conduct 'Financial Literacy Programme' at Liyai Khullen


Imphal, Oct 8
The Manipur State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) and ACCORDS conducted one day 'Financial Literacy Programme' at Liyai Khullen Youth Hall on  October 7 under the aegis of NABARD which was graced by Thekho Peter, Member ADC (Executive Member-Education).
MS Jerome, Managing Director, ACCORDS presented the key note address of the programme and highlighted on the working relationship of NABARD, MSCB and ACCORDS in various parts of Senapati for over three years and about many changes brought  particularly in bank linkages, financial discipline, savings & thrift and team work through Self Help Groups and Farmers Clubs.
He was very optimistic that the newly promoted 15 women SHGs in Liyai Cluster will become growth engines. He advised the women folk of Liyai Khullen Cluster to rise up to the occasion and grab maximum opportunities from the banks, Line Departments and NGOs for improving their socio economic conditions.
Amutombi Singh, Ex-Deputy General Manager, MSCB was full of praise for Liyai Khullen for its rich culture, tradition, scenic landscape having high potential for tourism development and most of all for the hospitality and simplicity of the people.
He shared on the various facilities and services offered by the banks, NABARD and ACCORDS.
"There are lots of financial services other than deposits, payments and loans which are very beneficial to the people but the people have to be financially literate to enjoy them fully", he added.
He was very much concerned of the undue delay in opening the MSCB Paomata Branch and also requested the ADC Member to take the matter to the State authority particularly the Chief Minister of Manipur for expedient measures.
The Ex DGM also announced that bank staffs will be sent to the village for opening of bank accounts and that a micro ATM will soon be installed in the village to mitigate the woes of the villagers in bank transactions. He also said that the newly promoted SHGs avail bank loans within the next three months for viable economic activities. The SHGs can avail loans from banks without any collaterals or guarantors and subsidies on area based schemes under NABARD.
On the sideline, he mentioned that he would impress upon the Chief Minister to pay a visit to Liyai, the native place of late Salounii, a Football mate of their youthful days.
Thekho Peter, ADC lauded the good initiatives of the MSCB, NABARD and ACCORDS. He exhorted the villagers to cooperate and keenly participate in the programme taken up in the village in days to come.
Sacrifice, dedication and commitment have to be there to achieve results, he said and encouraged the women folk to work for self reliance and slowly wean away the dependencies on others.
The intake of alcohol by men folks have to be controlled in order to maintain good relationship in the family and keep troubles at bay, he maintained and said that early marriages have a telling effect on the health of the mother and her child.
He continued that cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene are prerequisite of a healthy and happy life and added that women reproductive health and child care are of paramount importance.
The meeting was attended by over 100 women from Liyai Khullen, Liyai Khunou and Liyai Centre.
A Tarcisius of ACCORDS and Neshi Helen of Zholoume SHG Federation had been to the Liyai Cluster two days in advance sharing on the concept and practices of SHGs.