North Eastern Region Textile Promotion Schemes (NERTPS)
The North Eastern Region Textile Promotion Schemes (NERTPS) is an Umbrella schemes of Ministry of Textiles, Govt. Of India launched during the year 2013-14 for development of Textiles sector. Under the programme, special emphasis was given for strong visibility of Sericulture sector by strengthening the required infrastructure for improving the quality and enhancing the productivity per unit area.
The main objectives of NERPTS are:
- To improve the production of International standard quality of silk.
- To disseminate the technologies in all sericulture activities & ensure better market access and market promotion.
- Skill up gradation and Capacty Building needs to State functionaries & stakeholders by imparting training and educated to them on silk sector.
- To ensure special emphasis to women folks in order to provide them better standard of living
- To create job opportunities and encourage entrepreneurs in silk farming & post cocoon sector.
The Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India has sanctioned 3 Projects for Bodoland Territorial Council viz. Integrated Sericulture Development Project Project, Intensive Bivoltine Sericulture Development Project & Integrated Eri silk Development Project in Baksa District of Bodoland Territorial Council under NERTPS for development of Mulberry, Muga and Eri sectors in BTC with an objectives to improve the quality of silk and enhance the productivity per unit area and also bridge the gaps which was not addressed under CDP.
Under Integrated Sericulture Development Project a total 1575 nos. of stakeholders will be assisted by covering Baksa, Chirang, Udalguri & Kokrajhar districts of BTC with an outlay of Rs. 34.92 Crores of which Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India share is Rs. 24.76 crores, BTC share is Rs. 2.27 crores and Beneficiary contribution is Rs. 1.86 Crores.
The second Project entitled Intensive Bivoltine Sericulture Development Project is being implemented in Baksa district of BTC by covering 1000 Women beneficiaries with a Project cost of Rs. 30.05 Crores Crore of which Govt. of India share is Rs. 24.84 Crores and Beneficiary share is Rs. 3.30 Crore.
The Project Outlay of the Integrated Eri Silk Development Project in Baksa District of Bodoland Territorial Council is Rs. 11.40 Crores of which Govt. of India share is Rs. 10.61 Crores and Beneficiary share is Rs. 0.79 Crore by covering only Baksa District of BTC with an objective for rehabilitation of 500 Bodo women who are away from their native villages for search of job in different parts of the State.
Under these Projects it is estimated to produce additional 177 MT of Raw silk of which Muga 21 MT, Eri 139 MT & Mulberry 17 MT at the end of the project.
Benefit of the Projects:
- The Project will provide support and value additional at all stages of silk production chain.
- Caters to the skill development needs and ensures technological up gradation from time to time.
- Focuses on women empowerment and Sericulture activities is livelihood occupation for them.
- Provides vibrancy to rural economics by generating income to the weaker sections of the society.
- Generates sustainable livelihood for the rural populance and prevents migration of local youth to urban areas and other States.
- Social mobilization and Women Group formation in Sericulture Clusters will help in providing literacy and Knowledge on mother child health care etc.