Rural Artisans Complete Training on Terracotta; Given Potter Wheels to improve productivity

rulraartisanAngul: Rural Artisans of Paripara village, who completed six months training programme on market linked terracotta product making were given ‘completion certificates’ on March 1, 2014 in a programme organized at District Industry Centre, Angul. Mr. Prashant Kumar Hota, Vice-President (CSR & Corp. Comm.) handed over the certificates and ‘Artisan Identity Card’ to the trained artisans. Mr. Nirakar Mishra, General Manager – DIC (Angul); Er. Gopabandhu Pradhan, District Cottage Industry Officer; Mr. Anil Mishra- Head- DOVE and Representative of OREDA were present on the occasion.

During this function, artisans were gifted with 10 Potter Wheels, supported by JSPL to enhance their productivity.

The training programme to enhance skills of 45 rural artisans was organized by Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) and DIC, Angul. JSPL contributed 80% of the project cost and 20% of the project cost was given by DIC. Artisans were given training on ‘Kudua, ‘TeraFill- Terracotta Filter’, Flower Vessels and other market driven terracotta items making. State level award winning trainers conducted the training programmes.

“Enhancing the income of the villager-artisans living in the periphery on a sustainable basis by facilitating them for upgrading their traditional skill , value addition of local resources and providing appropriate market linkage is one of our CSR objectives. Implementation of this Artisan’s livelihood Programme in collaboration with DIC is an important milestone in this regard,” said Mr D.K. Saraogi, Executive Director and Location Head of JSPL in a congratulatory message to the artisans.

Addressing the gathering Mr. Prashant Kumar Hota said, “Pottery has been an inherent skill of artisans in Paripara. JSPL just tried to expand their expertise to make products which are in demand. We hope with this skill upgradation training the age-old skill in pottery will improve quality of life of the artisans”. Mr. Mishra, GM, DIC appraised participants on various Govt. Schemes available and encouraged the artisans to avail the facilities to make their skill as a sustainable income generation opportunity.

Post Training the groups are linked with Lord Jagannath Temple and supplying ‘Kudua’ to the temple. There has been a significant increase in income of the artisans, as they are generating more than Rs 25000/- in a month through selling of Kuduas. They were also linked with Govt. schemes for subsidy based loan for execution of their project. DOVE, an agency promoting artisan development program implemented the project funded by JSPL & DIC.

With support from OREDA, 145 artisans were given solar lanterns by DIC under Government Scheme. The solar lanterns can help the artisans in illuminating their cottage even in night and hence improve their productivity.

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