Goa govt announces series of incentives for self help groups

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Panaji: The Goa government on Monday volley of incentives for the Self Help Groups in the state including one time grant of Rs 2 lakh under Home stay policy and allotment of canteens in the state-run facilities.

 Chief minister Pramod Sawant, while speaking in a function organised by State Rural Development Agency at Mapusa town, 9 kms away from here, also announced the help for the self help groups to market their products under Swayapurna e-bazaar scheme.

 Sawant said that the self help groups across the country are having “acche din” as the central government will disburse “revolving fund” to them on this Saturday. He said that the fund would also be disbursed in Goa.

 The chief minister said that the state government is proactively working on creating space for the self help groups to market their products. “We are setting up Goa Bazaar at Panaji where the self help groups can market their products,” he said adding that the project would be completed in next two years.

Sawant said that the state government, in order to promote the self help groups, have decided to allot the canteens at state government run places like bus stands, government offices, colleges and others to them. He said that the self help groups should be affiliated to the Rural Development Agency.

The chief minister also announced one time grant of Rs two lakhs for the self help groups to create infrastructure under Home Stay policy, recently announced by state tourism department.

He said that the self help groups can use their own rooms or can take it on rent and provide it for tourists under Home Stay policy.

Sawant also said that the self help groups would be provided all the required help including packing, marketing, branding, liasoning and licensing under Swayampurna E-Bazaar initiative.

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