KOHIMA, Feb 21: Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ, IGAR (N) has initiated another landmark welfare project, where a one stop shopping centre located opposite to SBI Main Branch Kohima has started functioning partially and would be fully functional very shortly after re-doing of some renovation works which is in progress. The idea of the converting the old I.G office to a shopping complex was conceptualized by IGAR (N) Major General MM. Naravane, SM,VSM, with an objective for catering to the local needs as well as to generate employment opportunities to the local people.

It is a complete one stop shopping complex for meeting the daily requirements of the shoppers conveniently with quality control and will be opened till 9 pm. An outlet has also been given to the N.E network Chizami, to facilitate them in showcasing their products and also to assist them in marketing their Handloom products in Kohima and outside the state. Christened as Souvenir shop, the products from Chizami are already on sale.

The market complex will provide outlets including grocery, chemist shop, beauty parlor, tailoring unit, ATM, stationary shop, hair cutting saloon, hygienic butchers shop, vegetable shop, garments and foot-wear, fast-food restaurant, cafeteria etc. An added attraction inside the complex is the Day Care Centre fully equipped with play things and toys, where the kids can be kept under well trained female attendants, while the parents do the shopping.

A self help kitchen is also attached in the Day Care Centre, so that parents can give warm food to their kids. The Day Care Centre would be a respite for the working ladies too, as they can keep their kids during office hours, totally free of cost initially for 3 months subsequently, a minimum charge will be levied solely to cater to the salary of the attendants and not for profit.

Major General inspected the market complex yesterday 20th Feb 2015, to oversee the work in progress and to ensure that perfect services would be rendered to the customers as well as the vendors. He also disclosed that young unemployed youth can work as part time or full time salespersons as per their conveniences in the shopping complex. It may be mentioned that the Pineapple Canning Plant at Medziphema which was inaugurated last year, is another commendable welfare project, also the brain child of Major General Naravane. (DIPR)

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