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Valedictory function of Skill Development Programme (SDP) on Alternative Livelihood Promotion for 25 Scheduled Tribes Women in the State of Assam held at Rani

Bahupara (Rani) 04 January 2021: The valedictory function of Skill Development Programme (SDP) on Alternative Livelihood Promotion for 25 Scheduled Tribes Women in the State of Assam was held at Bahupara, Rani today. The main objective of the programme commencing from 2nd October-31st Dec, 2020 was to boost entrepreneurship among tribal women in the state and make them economically self reliant by setting up handloom enterprise. The programme sponsored by National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC), Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt of India was implemented by Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE). The function was attended by the Chief Guests Shri Asit Gopal, CMD of NSTFDC, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt of India and  Shri Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Hon’ble MLA West Guwahati, Dr. Abhijit Sharma, Director IIE,  officials from IIE, NSTFDC, infrastructure provider-Jyoti Industry, Technical Agency-Ava Foundation, Master Trainers  and representative beneficiaries of the project area.

While speaking on the occasion Dr. Abhijit Sharma, Director, IIE said, “More focus has to be made through Skill Development Programme (SDP) on Alternative Livelihood Promotion for Scheduled Tribes Women in the State of Assam with an aim for boosting entrepreneurship among tribal women in the state and make them economically self-reliant by collaborative efforts of NSTFDC, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt of India”.

Shri Asit Gopal, CMD of NSTFDC, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt of India and Chief Guest of the function said, “the craft traditions of north-eastern India are not practiced as hobby, nor are they a commercial venture; they are very much an integral part of the life and customs of the people. This programme will definitely help to create tribal women to develop as entrepreneurs”. Another Chief Guest of the progamme Shri RN Kalita Hon’ble MLA thanked IIE and NSTFDC for bringing the opportunity to the villagers of Rani.

Shri. Hemanta Rabha, Project Consultant, IIE highlighted about the training, the structure of the training and providing handloom to the beneficiaries after successful completion of the training. He also informed that the training was designed to teach the beneficiaries to weave both in Eri and cotton and life style products would be created out of the fabric to meet the market demand. The programme ended with vote of thanks.