Raipur, 16 July 2018
The Skills Development Exhibition held on the occasion of International Youth Skills’ Development Day here had caught the eye of all the visitors. The exhibition displayed the attractive items of all the five Divisional headquarter towns. The various artistic items displayed depicted the skills of the highly talented and versatile artisans. Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh, Technical Education and Skills Development Minister Mr. Premprakash Pande , Agriculture Minister Mr. Brijmohan Agrawal, Public Works Minister Mr. Rajesh Munat, Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Tokhan Sahu, MLA Mr. Sreechand Sundrani also visited the several stalls at the exhibition.
Dantewada Women’s Self -Help groups produced honey, bellmetal, and items made of ‘paira’ and paddy attracted a lot of onlookers. Large number of youth enquired regarding commercial training institutes functioning and other issues. The exhibition was organized by the Chhattisgarh State Skills’ Development Authority and yesterday on the occasion of Chhattisgarh Skills’ Olympiad 2018 prize distribution ceremony. Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh visited all the exhibition stalls and took deep interest in the models developed by skilled youth.
The exhibition was based on Bastar, Durg, Bilaspur, Surguja and Raipur Divisions’ Skills Development programmes. Bastar youth displayed bamboo art, iron art and several other items. The stalls also displayed the processing of honey and bee keeping by the women’s self-help groups. The honey produced from forests and honey boxes were displayed in attractive packings. Mr. Narendra of the Pragati Prayas Social Service institution revealed that 25 Women’s Self-Help Groups in the villages are involved in bee-keeping and honey processing. About two thousand five hundred adivasi women are associated with the self-help groups. The honey is in great demand in metros like Mumbai and New Delhi. Each woman earns Rs Three thousand a month.
The Durg Division stall displayed the ICICI Foundation sponsored refrigeration model. The youth are trained in refrigeration, sales skills, office management, centralized air-condition, domestic electrical equipment repairs and paint technology. The Foundation had trained 4480 youth since 2013 till date. Most of them are self-employed or employed somewhere or the other. Bemetara -based Bhaskar Foundation trains youth in ‘paira’ and paddy art like wall painting, gift items. Sixty youth had been trained in various forms of art. Rajnandgaon-based Ruchi Training Provider had trained 1, 000 youth in fashion designing. About 600 are already self-employed. Cloth bags were attraction at the stalls.
Surguja stalls depicted cosntruction works, fabrication, electrical equipment, soft toy making. 152 youth had been trained in construction activity and most of them are self-employed. Bilapsur Livelihood College stall displayed bags made of rexin and leather . The sales girls said that the range of bags extended from Rs 100 -Rs 400. They said that are able to contribute to the financial kitty of the family due to skill up gradation training. Raipur division stall had Matts University Commercial training solar energy power junction model Electricity generation via solar panel and wind turbine si displayed at the stall.