MANGALDAI, June 13 - A two-day training programme on �Handmade incense sticks making and packaging for SHG members� conducted by the City Mission Management Unit, Mangaldai, ASULMS, DAY-NULM with an objective to create opportunities for self-employment among women ended on Wednesday.
The incense stick making is a very profitable small-scale business which can be started at home without any machinery and equipment with very small amount of capital investment. Group or cluster approach may provide huge profit and, thus, can contribute for uplift of economic as well as social status of a society. SHG is the very good platform at the grassroot level for starting the same in the initial stage.
In the programme, members from 16 local SHGs belonging to ward no. 1, 5, 9 & 10 under Mangaldai Municipal area actively participated where the procedure and process of preparing the incense sticks were demonstrated and hand-holding support was provided by the resource persons who were from another SHG, namely, Snigdha SHG from ward no. 2.
In the valedictory function after the end of programme on Wednesday, the trainees were provided certificates by the CMMU, Mangaldai.
Earlier, the training programme was inaugurated by Assistant Commissioner Hemashri Khanikar who is holding the charge of Executive Officer, Mangaldai Municipal Board as well as the, City Project Office, ASULMS, DAY-NULM in the presence of Manik Shill Sarma, Chairman, Mangaldai Municipal Board and Manash Das, City Project Manager, CMMU, DAY-NULM, Mangaldai, among others. CPO Khanikar, in her inaugural speech, appreciated the initiative taken by CMMU, Mangaldai for conducting such a programme which helps in women empowerment and also praised the women participants for coming forward in such a sizeable numbers. She emphasized the importance of a market for selling the finished products to continue the process.
Addressing the participating SHG members, Manash Das welcomed the participants, resource persons and the guests and explained the objectives of the training. He also offered thanks to Purabi Ray Saikia, Community Resource Person for showing confidence and bravery in arranging the training programme at her own initiative.
Talking to this correspondent, Purabi Ray Saikia underlined the need for a permanent market set up and at the same time she made an appeal to the authority to identify a marketing link for selling the SHG produces, which would help the women to earn some livelihood and also help accelerating the SHGs to work more dedicatedly towards self-employment.