BERHAMPUR: With an objective of increasing women’s household income and improving living conditions in rural areas, industry major Tata Steel has started art and painting training in the rehabilitation colony of its Gopalpur Project.
‘Srujanika’ the art and painting training centre was dedicated to the families of Rehabilitation colony today by Arun Misra, Vice President, Gopalpur Project & MD, Tata Steel SEZ in the presence of Sushanta Mishra, Chief, Project Gopalpur & SEZ and Brajendra Khandelwal, Chief, Gopalpur Project along with other senior officials of Tata Steel.
The art and painting training coordinated through World Act, a Bhubaneswar based Not-for-Profit organization primarily engaged in Art and Craft Training and marketing. The training will be imparted by master craft men of the organization and after the completion of training, the trainees will be able to make various products in different designs like Files and Folders, Greeting Cards, Block Printed fabric, Photo Frames, Bags , Wall Painting, Tribal Painting, etc.
The project intends to create supplementary source of livelihood for selected 30 girls from amongst the displaced families. During the training period, the trainees will be provided with a stipend of Rs. 1000/- per month to motivate them. Though the training will be conducted for two years, the trainees are expected to produce marketable products within a year and earn their livelihood on a sustained basis.
Trainees will also be provided opportunities to participate regularly in different exhibitions and marketing events. During the training, exposure visits will be organized to make them aware on industry standards. In order to make it a collective and sustained effort, a Producer Group will be formed and nurtured.
The producer group will undertake marketing of products and institutional tie-ups with organizations like Orissa Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS), Tribal Development Co-operative Corporation of Odisha (TDCC), TRIFED, ORUPA, Utakalika and others.