Gyalshing, 27 Jun (IPR): National Scheduled Castes Finance Development Corporation (NSFDC) in collaboration with Government of Sikkim organized an “One day Awareness-cum-Health Camp for Scheduled Castes Persons of West District” at the Community Hall in Gyalshing.
Chairman-cum-Managing Director, NSFDC, Delhi, Shri Shyam Kapoor; District Collector (W), Shri Karma R. Bonpo; Managing Director, (SABCCO), Sikkim, Shri Kayzang Chhophel; General Manager, NSFDC, Delhi, Shri C. Ramesh Rao; General Manager, NSFDC, Delhi, Shri Rajesh Bihari; CEO, Mahavir International, Usha Kapoor; SDM(HQ), Shri Tushar G. Nikhare; and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The NSFDC was set up in 1989 as a “Company not for profit” under Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013 with the objective of financing income generating activities of SC beneficiaries living below Double the Poverty Line limits (presently Annual Family Income Rs.98,000/- for Rural Areas and Rs.1,20,000/- for Urban Areas). NSFDC assist the target group by way of loans, Skill Training, Entrepreneurship Development Programmes and Providing Marketing Support through State Channelizing Agencies (SCAs), RRBs, Public Sector Bank & Other Institutions.
District Collector, West, Shri Bonpo, exhorted the gathering present on the occasion to make full use of these schemes made available by the NSFDC. He particularly emphasized on investing on tourism sector which has been ruling the market of Sikkim flawlessly. He also assured to sensitize the Panchayats and spread the information to the public generally. He expressed gratitude towards the NSFDC for organising such programme in the district.
During the medical camp, doctors including general physician, eye specialist, gynecologist were available for free consultation and tests such as blood sugar test, eye test, ECG, etc. were also available. Medicines and spectacles as required were distributed free of cost.
Managing Director, Shri Shyam Kapoor, and General Manager, Shri C. Ramesh Rao, also addressed the gathering and has apprised about various schemes being run by the Corporation for the welfare of Scheduled Caste families.
Some of the beneficiaries share their life changing experiences and suggested availing the facilities for a better tomorrow.