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Craftsmen from Indo-Myanmar block village showcase talent
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR:
Published on 30 Apr. 2009 12:22 AM IST
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Vocational training on Bamboo and woodcraft/tailoring for Indo-Myanmar border block villagers which was launched in January 17 at M/s Pusa Craft Centre, Jharnapani, Dimapur concluded on Wednesday at M/s Savino Craft, Kuda village with advisor DUDA and VG E.E Pangteang as chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Pangteang advised the participants not to mark the completion of training as an end but as the beginning of a career of self -help and self -reliance. Lamenting that dignity of hard work and self reliance was a far cry for the Nagas, Pangteang said that many take subsidies from government and corporations to set up on their own but fail to do so. He stated that even though the government was willing to help people, it cannot always be a giver and need returns as well. The advisor also suggested lengthening of the duration of training since he felt that practical and theoretical aspect of skills and learning crafts should go hand in hand. Craft Council Nagaland President Neikhozotuo Savino in a short speech stated that the trainees were also provided with identity cards from the ministry of textiles and registered under Craft council Nagaland. Informing that the craft council would soon be developing prototype designing for people who excel in their skills, Savino urged the craftsmen to work hard and become torch bearers in being self-reliant. Altogether 37 craftsmen from Indo- Myanmar border block villagers were given training on various bamboo and wood crafts and even tailoring. This is the second batch trained under BADP as part of state government’s ‘Year of Capacity Building’ programme. The trainees representing seven border blocks covering four districts of the state including three blocks from Mon, two from Tuensang and one each from Kiphire and Phek were distributed into two groups and were imparted training at Pusa Craft centre, Jharnapani and Savino Craft, Kuda village Dimapur. Awards on various fields of excellence and certificate of completion were presented to the trainees. They were also given sewing machines and tools and machineries to start their own unit (s). Products made by the trainees were also exhibited. The products mostly made of bamboo included table lamps, spoons, mugs, ash trays, and even belt and neck ties ranging from Rs.35 to Rs.300. Earlier the programme started with invocation by Kuda village Baptist church deacon Sato Khate, a special song was presented by the trainees. The gathering was also exhorted by DUDA director Mikha Lomi and vote of thanks was proposed by DUDA joint director Nina Kire.

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