Meghalaya to honor women-led self-help groups and cooperative societies in R-Day table

Meghalaya will honor the contributions of women-led Cooperative Societies and Self-Help Groups (SHGs) through its tableau during the Republic Day Parade in Rajpath on Wednesday.

The board will feature bamboo and cane handicrafts and Lakadong turmeric. The success and popularity of these products testifies to the tireless efforts of cooperative societies and self-help groups led by women; and their contribution to the state economy.

Notably, Meghalaya is currently celebrating 50 years of statehood.

The front part of the painting will depict a woman weaving a bamboo basket and several Meghalaya bamboo and cane products. Bamboo and cane craftsmanship in the state once declined due to the availability of cheaper, mass-produced plastic alternatives.

Determined to revive this craft, women from several villages in Meghalaya have come together to form cooperative societies and SHGs, which now meet demands from around the world, improving the livelihoods of many artisans.

The back part of the painting represents the traditional farming and processing of Lakadong turmeric. Lakadong turmeric, renowned for its high curcumin content, has gained worldwide fame through the efforts of women-led cooperative societies and SHGs of Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya.

The entire value chain is driven by women-led cooperatives and self-help groups.

The back part also shows the commemorative logo of the 50th anniversary of Meghalaya.

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Virginia S. Braud