On 2nd October 2020 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, ANMA Integrated Development Association (AIDA), the development wing of Salesians of Don Bosco, Dimapur Province launched SBI Gram Seva project in 5 villages namely Ura, Bade, Diezephe, Khrizephe and Tsithrongse under Chümoukedima Sub-division, Dimapur. Program was launched in the presence of Mr.Thejavizo Nakhro, SDO of Chümoukedima Sub-Division, Mr. Abhinash Hembrom, AGM of SBI Regional Office, and other dignitaries.
Rev. Thejaguliie pastor of CRC, Diezephe called upon all God’s blessing. It was followed by lighting of the lamp. Rev Fr. T.T Joseph, Mission Procurator of the Province of Dimapur and Associate Director of AIDA, welcomed all the dignitaries and all the representatives from the five adopted villages. The dignitaries were presented with traditional gifts.
SBI Gram Seva program is an initiative of SBI Foundation started in 2015. SBI Foundation has adopted 25 villages from 5 States of India for Rural Development. The beneficiaries of this program are the states of Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Telangana and Karnataka.
SBI Gram Seva will be strategically implemented by AIDA Don Bosco in Nagaland for 3 years from 2020 to 2023. It is a convergence program of various stakeholders like SBI Foundation and AIDA which will be closely working with Gram Panchayat.
Mr. Pfokho John, the Project Manager, AIDA, highlighted the works of AIDA and the major programs of SBI Gram Seva. Virtual addresses by SBI Foundation and Senior Officials from SBI Local Head Offices was the highlight of the program.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Thejavizo Nakhro, SDO of Chümoukedima Sub-Division, gave the key note address. He stressed the importance of the integrated rural development approach in the social economic development of any society. “The future of India lies in its villages” said the speaker quoting Mahatma Gandhi. He exhorted the representatives of the adopted villages to collaborate and cooperate with AIDA in implementing the program. As part of convergence program, SDO also assured to give handholding support from the Government Department to make model villages in the long run of the Gram Seva Program and also to the implementing agency AIDA.
Mr. Abhinash Hembrom, the AGM, SBI Nagaland, representing the SBI Foundation expressed the hopeful journey of SBI in changing rural lives beyond banking and also assured SBI support in the initiatives.
Ms. Athone Khuso proposed the vote of thanks. Rev. Fr. Peter Pithungo, Asst Parish Priest of St Joseph Catholic Church Chümoukedima gave the final blessing. Chief Guest Mr. Thejavizo, planted a sapling in the presence of all the people present to mark the occasion.