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Army undertakes skill development initiatives

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Srinagar, 23: Vajr Division of Indian Army has undertaken various employment generation and self sustaining initiatives in the remote areas of North Kashmir to empower the youth and help them earn their livelihood, through skill based projects such as apiculture, pottery making, embroidery work etc which are part of the local culture and tradition, a defense spokesman said in a statement issued here today.

As part of the same, four such Self Help Groups have been started under the aegis of Vajr Division to empower the women of Kalarooch, Batergam, Anderhama and Shatpura villages of Kupwara district, said the spokesman.

”Army, through these Self Help Groups, is providing locals with skill training, machines and raw material, so that they can make finished products and earn their livelihood by selling their products. Necessary handholding and guidance is also being provided to help them establish their business. Approximately 200 ladies from these villages are getting benefitted through these projects,” said the spokesman.

While interacting with the women of the Self Help Group at Kalarooch and Shatpura village on 21 April 19, Army officials  informed them about all the various steps being taken to provide them an alternate source of income.

They were also informed about the efforts being made by Army, for affiliation of these Self Help Groups with the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Govt of India for specialized training and financial assistance, alongwith the discussions with the representatives of USHA International Ltd for adoption of these centers under the Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme.

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