ITANAGAR, Dec 25 - In a bid to sustain the traditional way of papermaking, a Monpa handmade paper industry has been established at Tsangboo village in Tawang district. The handmade paper industry was inaugurated by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena today in presence of Commission�s Chief Executive Officer Preeta Verma, Arunachal Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board (APKVIB) Chairman Dominic Tadar, Tawang Deputy Commissioner Sang Phuntsok and other dignitaries.
The KVIC Chairman, in his address, said Arunachal Pradesh is a State with so much potential, which if properly utilised can become number one in the entire nation. �I fell in love with this State at first sight. KVIC will go all out to help Arunachal. We have already started a silk unit in the State but due to the COVID-19 induced lockdowns not much progress could be made,� he said.
KVIC will shortly appoint local people to train the youth in wood carving and pottery making. KVIC will soon set up many incense stick-making units in Arunachal Pradesh which will generate employment opportunities for youth,� he added.
The KVIC chief, who also distributed certificates to the trainees, thanked the State government for proactively supporting KVIC in implementing projects in the State.
KVIC CEO Preeta Verma spoke about the mandate of KVIC and said that it works for employment generation and to uplift the economy, all have to be self-sufficient and must go vocal for local. �We are planning to work for revival of traditional industry in other parts of Arunachal too and shall also provide market linkage,� she said.
APKVIB Chairman Dominic Tadar congratulated and appreciated the KVIC Chairman for visiting a State which has no industry at all. �Without interest no goal can be achieved, and I have that willingness and interest to do something for Arunachal. I need strong support from KVIC to make Arunachal known for its traditional art and local products,� Tadar said.
The Tawang DC, in his address, said, �KVIC is not only reviving a dying traditional art by reviving the local handmade paper industry but also helping us to revive our culture and tradition.� Youth Action for Social Welfare president Maling Gombu called the day �historic� for Monpa handmade papermaking art �since handmade paper is our tradition and we are going to revive this tradition�.