Rural Skill Development Training Centre inaugurated at Astaranga

Rural Skill Development Training Centre inaugurated at Astaranga

Bhubaneswar: Minister of State for Sports and Youth Services Tusharkanti Behera inaugurated the Apparel Skill Training Centre at Bantilo village in Astaranga, Kakatpur on Thursday.
Humara Bachpan Trust (HBT), in partnership with FLO, the women’s wing of FICCI, is implementing the Village Holistic Development (VHD) programme in seven villages of Astaranga block in Puri district to bring transformation in the lives of women by providing an enabling environment to become successful entrepreneurs and professionals.
The inaugural programme of the “Apparel Skill Development Centre” at Bantilo Cyclone Centre was attended by more than 200 women and girls from the villages of Udayapur, Natara, Bantilo, Sisua, Keutijangha, Sanaola and Belanga. The centre was inaugurated in the presence of Puri Zilla Parishad vice-president Swadhin Kumar Nayak, Korona Panchayat Sarpanch Madhusmita Kandi, FLO Bhubaneswar Chairperson Namrita Chahal and Humara Bachpan Trust and FLO Bhubaneswar Founder Chairperson Dharitri Patnaik.
Damyanti Rout, Programme Manager, HBT, welcomed the guests and addressed the gathering by highlighting the need for women to be financially independent. Women should be empowered through skill development, she said.
Digital Literacy trainee Bina Pani Rout expressed her elation and the challenges she faced in her journey and how she overcame those hurdles to complete her training successfully. “I am able to use internet to download information about crops and its efficient farming methodologies and it has been possible through my learning in digital training,” Bina Pani said.
Dharitri Patnaik addressed the gathering and appreciated the endeavors of FLO Bhubaneswar and HBT in jointly working for the Digital Literacy training of women in Astaranga block. She spoke on the several efforts undertaken for upskilling the women and empowering them across various streams to swiftly lead them towards progress and development in rural communities of Puri. She shared anecdote from her college days about the importance of empowering women to be self-reliant and self-sufficient and how men can positively impact it. Mentioning about strength of digital learning, she said digital literacy is a life skill and a survival skill.
Swadhin Kumar Nayak narrated how women can venture into apparel market locally as well as at State level by making uniforms for Anganwadi centres and schools. He said variation in skill training can be explored by making best use of locally available resources and materials. Making pickles by using easily accessible vegetables along with other such options can be tried for enabling women earn for a living.
Tusharkanti Behera emphasised on the importance of diversification of skilling and training opportunities for women. He urged the women to open bank account and operate it themselves without help from anyone so as to become independent in money management. Behera emphasised on Naveen Patnaik Government’s Mission Shakti programme, which is empowering women across the State. He also praised the efforts of HBT and FLO in empowering women. Behera highlighted the efforts of HBT in skill training for making PHENYL and thus helping women to earn a livelihood.
More than 1,000 women and youth have been trained in digital literacy programme. Behera felicitated the women trainees who successfully completed the digital literacy training.
FLO Bhubaneswar Chairperson Namrita Chahal delivered the vote of thanks and reiterated the need for digital learning. She said the Apparel Skill Training Centre will play a pivotal role in shaping women’s path for growth. Nothing can stop a woman from progressing if they put their heart into their endeavours, she added.

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