GUWAHATI, July 25 - At a time when instances of neglect and ill-treatment of elderly parents by their children are making headlines, a city-based old age home and women�s welfare centre has come up with the idea of making the centre self-sufficient by starting a small entrepreneurial unit in its premises.
Matri Kalyan, an old age home and women�s welfare centre providing shelter to homeless mothers in Hengrabari area of the city, recently started an incense stick production unit as a step toward making the unit self-sufficient to run its day-to-day operations.
The centre that was started in January this year took this initiative so that the old age home does not have to rely on the mercy of donations, but generates some amount of money that can be used for upkeep and also to meet the daily needs of the house.
�A number of skilled mothers are residing in the house and this unit would give them an opportunity to use their skills. It would also create a means to keep them busy in a creative activity,� secretary of the home Hitesh Sarma said.
�We will soon launch these high quality incense sticks in the market with the brand name of Matri Kalyan,� he added.
The inaugural event of the unit was attended by economist Dr Jayanta Madhab, who is also the advisor to the centre, senior bureaucrat Dr Dulal Goswami, president of Matri Kalyan Lakshmi Goswami and a number of other distinguished personalities.