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Nagaland’s only RSETI gets its permanent campus in New Peren district


Presently operating from a rental building at Rongmei Baptist Association Nagaland Campus (RBANC), Jalukie Town, the RSETI was established on November 15, 2011, and has contributed immensely to the rural poor of the district.

By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent

Established in the month of November, 2011, at a rented house in Jalukie, the Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) finally got its permanent premises at New Peren on Monday which was officially inaugurated by Chief General Manager (CGM), SBI, North East Circle, RS Ramesh.

Ramesh, while addressing the gatherings comprising of more than 100 passed out trainees (beneficiaries), guests, stakeholder, teaching faculties and staff after unveiling the plaque of the permanent campus reminded that every infrastructure that are available in other RSETIs are available for which he urged upon the people of the state to get the benefit from it which according him are the aims and objectives of the SBI.

Stating that the terms of sanctioning of loans are that every single candidate who get trained at RSETI on upon successful completion of the course are sanctioned the loan letters in “principle” the day very same day, Ramesh reminded that it is the commitment of the State Bank of India (SBI) for which he solicited each and every participants to choose a “vocation” of their choice and worked with absolute sincerity.

“SBI is your bank, I have no reason to be here otherwise, we are for you and are integral part of the society”, he said while also adding that it is the SBI’s commitment and utmost desire that the participants make use of the opportunity.

Informing that “up-skilling and upgrading” of the knowledge, providing skills to the rural populations are another objectives of the SBI RSETI, the SBI NE Circle chief also disclosed that member of his team were also getting trained continuously in order to impart requisite training to the participant (trainees) in the specific field which they have opted for.

While urging the participants and others present to disseminate information about the training being held for the first time in Nagaland so that many could avail the same opportunity as the institute wanted more beneficiaries, Ramesh also disclosed that the same institute has trained more than 2000 candidates of which about 800 beneficiaries have been extended with loans till date.

He also gave an assurance and a commitment from the SBI banking sector to ensure extending sanctioned letter (s) once they (trainees) complete their training for which they have to submit their “minimum document” in terms of their “start-up”.

“Our aim is to make Peren district, a model township of Nagaland and the country and that is what I am envisioning for”, Ramesh shared at the same time said the district should be a “centre of excellence”, a learning place of worship, so that required skill should be imparted to the team members which according to him is very important.

He also called upon all the stakeholders and the participants to work with the same intensity, passion, and stand on their own feet to “narrate” a story of success, which the RSETI has dreamt of.

He later extended gratitude to the government of Nagaland, and Deputy Commissioner, Peren, Sentiwapang Aier, who had initiated in providing the new location to enable the establishment of the “knowledge of excellence centre”, the learning centre which would “shape” the destiny of many.

Deputy Commissioner, Peren, Sentiwapang Aier, in his speech expressed happiness that RSETI has finally inaugurated its campus permanently though maybe for “several reasons” it could not start earlier.

Thanking all the stakeholders of the only RSETI in Nagaland, Aier mentioned the Peren district administration had been using the facilities of the newly inaugurated building even during the “hard times” of Covid-19 pandemic where the same building was used as “Covid Centre” for girls during the emergencies.

In this regard, he especially extended gratitude to RSETI director, Peren, Novin Basumatary, for allowing use of the Campus though it was very challenging.

Disclosing that government allotments have already been made with support from all corners, Aier said that he is optimistic that the location would be developed within no time and with the institute beginning to function with additional support and requirements which have been already projected, the institute would become a “centre of excellence” which all had been yearning for.

He further urged the neighbouring villagers in particular for maximum support though the area is a government purchased land at the same time also to disseminate to others that a training institute has been set up for the benefit of the Naga people.

Earlier, the programme started with an invocation prayer by Village Baptist Church, New Peren, Pastor Namieogong, welcome address was proposed by Regional Manager, SBI, RBO, Dimapur, Abinash Hembram, a success story was shared by RSETI trainee, Namziurangbe Ikie, while Director, RSETI, Peren, Novin Basumatary, thanked the gathering.

About 100 passed out beneficiaries (RSETI trainees) were felicitated with sanction letters, while the same sanction letters were also handed over to chilly growers of Tening.

It may be mentioned that RSETI, New Peren, is the only RSETI permanent campus in Nagaland, located in Peren district. Presently operating from a rental building at Rongmei Baptist Association Nagaland Campus (RBANC), Jalukie Town, the RSETI was established on November 15, 2011, and has contributed immensely to the rural poor of the district.

The institution is designed to ensure necessary skills training and skills up-gradation of the rural BPL youth, and to mitigate the unemployment problems. The primary objective of the RSETI is to impart quality training programme in skill development through short term training intervention to the rural youth in order to generate “self-employment” free of cost.

Since its inception, it has provided various training programmes every month throughout the year to around 2800 rural poor candidates and approximately 1700 of them are self employed and out of which around 900 of them have already availed credit from the bank.

‘Be a role model in managing RSETI’, NSLRM director urges SBI Impressing upon the management and all the officers of the State Bank of India (SBI) to be a role model in managing the Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI)-a power of entrepreneurship, NSRLM Director, Imtimenla, at the same time has voiced out her concern about many banking sectors not coming forward in setting up the RSETI.

Speaking as one of the guests at the inaugural programme of the RSETI permanent campus, New Peren, on Monday, Imtimenla, spelled out that banking sectors not coming forward in setting up RSETI was a “great loss” to rural Naga youth as they are losing on their free trainings and also the prospects of accessing in setting up their own enterprise (s).

In this regard, she voiced out that no stakeholders should undermine the role of RSETI as it is designed and suited for the promotion of self-employment and also generating employment opportunities which everyone knows is the need of the hour in Nagaland.

She said that in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, all have realized the challenges of “youth employment”, seen many youth returning home from outside the state and doing nothing, and for which they have to be encouraged by other banking sectors by way of setting up RSETI, which should be a collective issue to be taken up “aggressively”.

Imtimenla enlightened the gathering that the Ministry of Rural Development (RD), Government of India, has entrusted the banks to set up RSETI across the country for the sole reason that the trainees are not “shun out.”

Sharing that “Capital” availability to start an enterprise becomes very important which is why the Ministry of RD has given the assignment to the banks and which therefore makes a very “strong sense” that SBI should ensure in sanctioning of the loan, Imtimenla also urged the bank to ensure sanctioning of the loans to the successful trained candidates for which she hoped that once it is done, there would a great change in the society.

She also pointed out about one of the main roles which is to ensure and support RSETI through time requisition of training reimbursement cost from the Ministry and the release of the same on time but

lamented that due to “communication gap” of the stakeholders, some claims are due and so have already been processed for which the proposals have already been to the ministry.

“My officers are pursuing it and hopefully within a few days time to come, will be hearing it from the ministry”, Imtimenla added.

Meanwhile, she also congratulated RSETI for successfully completing the building which was also the “cherished dream” of NSRLM and at the same time extended gratitude to Rongmei Baptist Association Nagaland (RBAN) for their generosity in allotting RSETI their facilities for all these years.

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