Cairn Foundation has partnered with Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission Society (ASRLM) and Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA) for a project to enhance livelihood and income generation activities in Assam.

The project aims to strengthen the existing Women Self Help Groups promoted by ASRLM through a series of capacity building, credit access and market linkage activities to empower rural women and communities.

“Under this project, various existing central and state schemes on livelihood and income generation activities will be promoted and facilitate access by the community,” said a press statement.

The pilot project will cover 25 villages.

It is expected that the initiative will help in addressing the issues of limited livelihood opportunities of rural communities.

“The project will additionally address the healthcare needs of the community, while promoting local art & culture and development of local infrastructures such as drinking water, school, community center renovation, etc.,” it said.

As an effort to engage with the communities and all concerned stakeholders in Assam, a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed recently.

The agreement was signed by Krishna Baruah, mission director (ASRLM) and Joydeep Sen, head, CSR (new ventures); Cairn Oil & Gas and Pradyut Bhattacharjee, executive director (SeSTA) at the conference hall of office of ASRLM, Guwahati.

Later, Arunabh Parashar, regional head (Northeast), Cairn Oil & Gas and Nongyai Heikrujam, CSR lead (Northeast), Cairn Oil & Gas, handed over the MoU to Krishna Baruah.

Cairn Oil & Gas, Vedanta Ltd. is one of the largest private oil and gas exploration and production companies in India, accounting for more than a quarter of India’s domestic crude oil production.

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