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The Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA) on Wednesday said that it has signed a new agreement with the the Soil and Water Conservation Department (SWCD), under which the state of Meghalaya will implement various measures for the sustainable management of natural resources for villages across the state.
The agreement is a part of the World Bank-funded Community Led Landscape Management Project (CLLMP) and will also facilitate a state-wide awareness campaign on Natural Resource Management (NRM), which will be conducted in every village.
Under the new plan, village facilitators will be identified from each village and trained on NRM so that the facilitators can prepare NRM plans for their respective villages.
“This ambitious exercise would be completed over a period of one year and at the end would build a cadre of about twenty thousand Village Facilitators (community professionals) who will play key roles in all ongoing as well as future efforts related to NRM both at Govt and Community level,” the MBDA said in a release.
The Village Panchayat Standing Committee (VEC) will be tasked with reviewing the plan annually and check if schemes for NRM under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) are implemented properly.
The government will also monitor the exercise digitally and also give additional training resources to facilitators from time to time, the release said.
(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)