Union Minister of State Pratima Bhoumik inaugurates CRC for Skill Development, Rehabilitation and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in Shillong

Shillong, May 17, 2022 (MMP):Union Minister of State Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment Kum. Pratima Bhoumik, virtually inaugurated the services of Composite Regional Centre for Skill Development, Rehabilitation and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) CRC-Shillong today at a function held in hybrid mode at U Soso Tham Auditorium, State Central Library, Shillong. The Minister of State inaugurated the service of CRC Shillong by switching on a walk through video of CRC Shillong. In her inaugural speech Minister emphasized that the Government is committed to make CRC Shillong a substantial resource centre for Persons with Disabilities in the entire state of Meghalaya. The Minster also thanked the State Government for providing 10 acres of land for establishing own building for the CRC Shillong at Umsawli, New Shillong and said that the construction of the building will be started very shortly.

Meghalaya Social Welfare Minister, Kyrmen Shylla, Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of Meghalaya distributed the Aids & Assistive devices under ADIP Scheme of Govt. of India to around 55 beneficiaries. In his address the Minister said that the Government of Meghalaya will continue to support CRC Shillong to live up to its full potential in producing excellent works and said that the Government was only happy in providing10 acres of land for CRC Shillong at Umsawli.

 ‘Kisan Bhagidari, Prathmikta Hamari Campaign’ under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav in Meghalaya

Shillong, May 17, 2022 (MMP): The Directorate of Horticulture, Meghalaya, Shillong through the Office of Managing Director, MgSFAC, Meghalaya, Shillong recently organised programmes and activities as part of the ‘Kisan Bhagidari, Prathmikta Hamari Campaign’ under Azadi Mahotsav.

The programmes conducted during the campaign included Awareness cum Training program on Vegetables, Flowers, Ginger, Turmeric, etc. cultivation in all districts of the State. Training was conducted on different techniques of raising seedlings, after care, on field management of pest & disease by manual & biological method for these crops. The farmers were distributed with vegetable seed kits to mobilize and motivate them.

Awareness cum Training/ program on Market linkages was also conducted to FPO’s at District level where resource persons visited the different District to conduct the Training/ Program with the aim to improve outcome through collective action groups, to attract buyers & to access larger market for enhancing economy.

Training programme on mushroom cultivation was also imparted to farmers with special focus on the species suited for the state based on Agro-Climatic conditions viz. Agaricus species (Button Mushroom); Pleurotus species (Oyster Mushroom); Lentinula ededes (Shitake Mushroom). Training was given to farmers on how to take up Mushroom cultivation as an “Agri-business”. Practical demonstration on Preparation of Oyster cube & Button composting was also conducted.

Besides training programmes, Webinars & Awareness Program on advanced cultivation techniques of High Value & Exotic Vegetable crops under Protected Cultivation was hosted by CIH, Nagaland and resource person from the Institute conducted the training to farmers from different districts through virtual mode. Training was imparted on packages of practices of vegetable cultivation for High Value Vegetable Crops such as Capsicum, Cucumber, Coloured Capsicum, Tomato, Chilli, etc. Training was also given on Hydroponics – a future of Urban farming and its advantages in global urbanization.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma along with the Ambassador of South Korea to India Chang Jae-Bok today inaugurates the pilot project for a refused derived fuel plant in in West Garo Hills.

Shillong, May 17, 2022 (MMP): Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma along with the Ambassador of South Korea to India Chang Jae-Bok today inaugurated the pilot project for a refused derived fuel plant in Tura, the district headquarter of West Garo Hills.

A first of its kind project in the entire country being set up by a Korean company in India, the plant situated at the landfill site at Rongkhon Songital is a collaboration of the Government of Meghalaya, Tura Municipal Board and Chamhana GW of South Korea.
The current project in Tura has been envisioned as a working model demonstration (Proof of Concept), to manage the daily incoming municipal garbage of Tura town and its adjoining areas.

Speaking at the Inauguration the Chief Minister said that the entire concept of turning waste to energy will completely redefine people’s perception of waste and garbage disposal.
“When I visited this site (landfill) I really wanted to do something and I didn’t know what and how but I knew that we needed to reverse this entire process of dumping the garbage here to making this place green again and more importantly finding a way… a technology that could enable us to ensure that the future waste that we generate could be put to a lot of things’, the Chief Minister said.

Talking at length about the project, the Chief Minister informed that the project was conceptualised way back in 2019 but due to the pandemic it had to be put on hold.
The currently installed waste to energy plant will work by converting all waste except recyclables like metals, glass wood and e-waste, construction waste,etc. into fuel briquettes.The fuel briquettes can then be used as a replacement for coal and charcoal.The Chief Minister was optimistic that if the pilot project is successful the Government will expand and install similar waste conversion plants in other parts of the state.

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