Department of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA) concluded its third batch of vocational training on bamboo and woodcrafts/ tailoring for Indo-Myanmar border block villages falling within the state under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) on May 1.
Altogether 21 trainees from all the seven Border Blocks (Phomching, Chen and Tobu under Mon district, Noklak and Thonoknyu under Tuensang ditrict, Pungro under Kiphire district and Meluri under Phek district) completed three months vocational training organized by DUDA in collaboration with Craft Council, Nagaland.
The motto of the training was “Learn to earn livelihood through locally available raw materials” with its training centre at M/s Savino Crafts, Kuda Village, Dimapur and M/s Pusa Craft Centre, Jharnapani, Dimapur. MLA and Chairman MARCOFED, C. L. John, was the chief guest of the valedictory function held at M/s Pusa Craft Centre, Jharnapani, Dimapur.
The chief guest in his speech encouraged the artisans to be the torch bearers in their respective villages by establishing their handicraft units through tapping of abundantly locally available raw materials for livelihood without further delay.
He asserted that the need of the hour was work more talk less to reach or achieve our goals in live and reiterated that one should make use of the rich raw materials by adopting latest technologies readily available and forgo with the outside products so as to improve our economy.
He advised the trainees to judiciously make use of the tools and implements provided by the department for a meaningful self reliance particularly for the Border Area villages. He congratulated and appreciated DUDA for providing special attention to the far flung villages of Indo-Myanmar Border Blocks.
The director, DUDA, in his exhortation speech advised the DUDA trained artisans to be sincere, dedicated and hard working people. He revealed that in this world of competition without innovative ideas one cannot survive and asked the artisans to come forward with creativity in their workmanship.
The department distributed minimum tools required for the artisans to each of the 21 trainees besides giving certificates to all of them. Best award to one trainee each from both the units was also accorded. The programme was chaired by Thepfuzakie Angami, project officer, DUDA, invocation prayer by Khriese-u, Church co-ordinator, JBC whereas vote of thanks by Dr Anungla Phom, deputy director, DUDA.