Skill development only way to make women economically self-reliant: Misra

ITANAGAR, 4 Aug: Skill development is the only way to make women economically self-reliant, Governor BD Mishra’s wife Neelam Misra said on Thursday.

Addressing the valedictory function of a skill development training programme in Yupia, organised by the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW), in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank-Rural Self Employment Training Institute (APRB-RSETI) and the Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS), Misra said that, “due to lack of socioeconomic and educational awareness, promotion of women has always been slow.”

“Skill development, therefore, is the only way to break this shackle and make the women economically self-reliant,” she said.

Misra commended the APSCW, the APRB and the APWWS “for their women empowerment initiative,” and urged organisations and NGOs to “conduct skill development for wider rural communities, including women and girl child.”

She advocated forming SHGs or cooperative societies “to take up startups and brand marketing their products.”

“The women of Arunachal Pradesh are very skilful in art and crafts, and with little support for innovation, Arunachali produce can go from local to global,” she said, and appealed to the people, especially the women, to “come forward and be promoters of the economic growth of the state.”

APSCW Chairperson Kenjum Pakam, Balban Deori of the APRB-RSETI, faculty member Martin Tayeng, and training coordinator Komna Moidam also spoke.

Thirty trainees from Papum Pare, West Siang, East Siang, Lower Siang, Siang, Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, Shi-Yomi, Kra Daadi, Kurung Kumey and East Kameng districts benefitted from the training in mushroom cultivation, papad-, pickle- and masala powder-making and soft toy-making. (Raj Bhavan)