DIBRUGARH, June 13 � The Nawa Bihan Samaj (NBS), a Lakhimpur based non governmental organisation held the valedictory programme for the trainees who underwent a nine-month practical exercise on weaving the different attires and costumes of Adivasis at its training centre in Lakhimpur.
The programme presided over by Simplius Dhanwar was attended by Wilfred Topno, president of Adivasi Sahitya Sabha, S Bhattacharya, district development manager of NABARD, Lakhimpur and Kamala Saikia, Circle Inspector, Handloom and Textile, Lakhimpur.
The Circle Inspector was happy to see that the Adivasi women were coming up in different trades and becoming skillful to secure their livelihood other than farming and toiling amidst tea bushes, a release stated. He also assured to help out the interested candidates in weaving from his office.
Bhattacharya spoke on the different schemes available in the government department for the development of the villages and the programmes conducted by NABARD. He stressed on identifying the issues and working on it in a planned manner in the agricultural sector for better yield of crops. He appreciated the infrastructure of Nawa Bihan Samaj and its members working on different issues and conducting programmes for the all round development of the rural and unprivileged people of the area.
Wilfred Topno spoke on increasing the income level of Adivasi women for their empowerment and at the same time to promote the attractive Adivasi traditional dresses. �This would build the self esteem of the Adivasis of Assam in the long run,� he asserted. He also urged the trainees to make best use of the weaving skills they received in the training programme for their income and preserving the rich culture of the Adivasis.
Godfrey Hereh, secretary of the NGO, felicitated the trainees for successfully completing the training programme and thanked Adivasi Development Network (ADN) for their support and guidance. The candidates were provided with a certificate by NBS, which was co-signed by the Department of Handloom and Textile, Lakhimpur.
School boy drowned : One school boy drowned this morning while his friend was rescued by a villager after both students who were on their way to Madarkhat High School fell from a dilapidated wooden bridge near Romai Tea Estate under Ghuramara police outpost.
Both the students were in a single bicycle. The drowned boy has been identified as Sanju Bhumij while his friend is Manoj Garh, both of Class VII. Manoj Garh was rushed to the Assam Medical College and Hospital in serious condition.