Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has in-principle agreed to support Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sohra in Meghalaya for setting up of an alternate livelihood centre to be named as “Swavalamban Alternate Livelihood Unit for The East” (Salute).
The centre at Sohra in Meghalaya will run vocational courses on weaving, tailoring, fashion designing, knitting, embroidery, product development etc. to provide alternate livelihood opportunities to the drop out students, women and tribals from the Northeast states.
“The priority target segments shall be school dropouts, skilled but unemployed, unemployed needing skills, migrants during COVID-19, unserved/underserved segments etc,” a statement from SIDBI said.
V Satya Venkata Rao, DMD, SIDBI and the Maharaj of RKMA at Sohra who are entering 100 years of existence jointly announced the Salute initiative.
Maharaj mentioned that supporting the initiative brings firm resolve of SIDBI and RKM to institutionalise the swavalamban culture in state and Northeast. He mentioned that RKM runs 77 schools and running co-branded skilling courses shall mainstream the school dropouts through swavalamban.
During the occasion, Rao said that it is an initiative of SIDBI under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) to give boost to entrepreneurship development and also to support sustainable emergence of youth from north east wherein they explore and adapt to alternate livelihood opportunities in the Northeast region.
On this occasion, Maharaj briefed about the activities being undertaken by the ashram and the achievements of the existing Swavalamban Centre already running with the help from SIDBI for skill upgradation of women for tailoring and textile design. He also thanked SIDBI for support for providing an ambulance fitted with lifesaving equipment during the peak of COVID-19 and the facility has helped the ashram to provide timely medical facilities to few hundred needy persons from far off places of the state.