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Special Handloom Expo at Impur
Correspondent IMPUR, MOKOKCHUNG Aug 16:
Published on 17 Aug. 2010 12:47 AM IST
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A Special Handloom Expo was inaugurated on Monday here at Impur. The Expo is funded by Development Commissioner (Handlooms) Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India and organized by Vocational cum Production Training Centre (VTPC) ABAM women department.
A total of 26 stalls have been set up inside the ABAM Centennial Hall where a variety of products ranging from handlooms to handicrafts to food items were showcased for sale by members of VTPC and SHGs. Earlier in the program, deputy commissioner Mokokchung, Lithrongla G Chishi who was the chief guest, inaugurated the Expo.
Delivering a brief speech before the inauguration, DC lauded the efforts of ABAM women department for their effort in inculcating the habit of economic self reliance among the women folk of the society.
She added that even the Church would find it hard in its mission works unless the society was economically self-sufficient. DC also stressed on the importance of self sustenance especially for the women folk and therefore encouraged women to utilize whatever talents they have and contribute in building the society.
Later after the inauguration, president of ABAM WD Temsula interacted with the media persons where she stated that ABAM women department established the VTPC and about 80 SHGs wherein, school dropout girls were trained under VTPC and women folk from the villagers were being made to form SHGs.
The SHGs were trained by the ABAM WD by conducting workshops and other trainings and these groups are engaged in various economic activities.
The SHGs were earlier given seed money by ABAM WD through the Society for Micro Development Activities to form the group.
And this venture, she added, has proved to be very effective. She further stated that before the venture, women folk were just dependent on their husband’s earning; however the picture had now completely changed. Through this venture, many womenfolk were now economically self sufficient, she added.
She also said the whole focus was on holistic development as “one sided development can never make us reach our target”.
DC also asserted that through economic sufficiency they are able to carry out the mission work and expressed there were still plans for the formation SHGs for the promotion of their products and participation in national Expos and so on.
The present Expo will culminate on August 28.

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