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Focus on NGOs for development of nation

Written by: Staff
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Guwahati, July 7 (UNI) With the level of exposure and experience the present generation of youths of North East are getting, the region would catapult into the top ten states of the country by 2020.

This was stated by Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI) co-chairman L V Saptarishi today at a press meet here, ahead of a day-long workshop on 'North East Vision 2020 : Role of NGOs' on July 9.

The workshop would be attended by more than 200 NGO activists and Self Help Group members from Asom, Nagaland and Tripura.

Mr Saptarishi said, ''With about 1.2 million NGOs in the country, 6 lakh of which are working in the rural areas, and about 10,000 in NE, the CNRI is a platform to guide these NGOs.'' He informed that about 3,000 NGOs from 29 states and union territories have registered with the CNRI since its founding in April last year. All the NE states, except Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, have CNRI chapters with the Asom chapter registering 100 member NGOs.

The co-chairman said the main focus of the CNRI was to educate the rural based NGOs on the various schemes they can avail of and help in the marketing of their products.

He said, ''The CNRI is the first apex body of NGOs in the country and we will also try to identify the dubious organisations.'' Mr Saptarishi informed that the Oriental Insurance Company and the United Insurance Company have tied up with the Asom chapter for their micro insurance programmes.

He underlined that the CNRI was not a funding body and is concerned only with informing the NGOs of the schemes they can benefit from.

The retired IAS officer also highlighted on the employment opportunities the NGOs can generate in the present context and ensure development.

UNI SG SP KLC1706

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