SRINAGAR: HELP Foundation, J&K in association with Action Aid Association organised a one-day block level awareness programme under the project tilted “Securing Rights and Sustainable Livelihoods for People Dependent on the Informal Economy in Kashmir supported by European Commission”.
The programme, organised at District Institute of Education and Trainings (DIET) Auditorium, Beerwah, Budgam, was attended by the representatives from government departments who focused on the needs, rights and accessibility of several governmental schemes available to women home based workers (artisans) hailing from Budgam and are involved in informal sector (handicraft) for their livelihood, an official statement issued here said.
Among the eminent guests from government department included Nazir Ahmad (Manager, J&K Bank, Beerwah), Advocate Naseer Ahmed (High Court), Dilshad Ahmad Banday (Zonal Education Officer, Beerwah), Mohammad Sadiq (Master Trainer, Education Department), Muzaffar (AHTO, Beerwah) and IrshadaYousuf (HTO, Beerwah).
“The main purpose of the programme is to raise awareness and sensitise a range of stakeholders towards evolving concrete discussion for serving those who are involved in informal sector (handicraft) for their livelihood thereby promoting their sustainable development,” said Muhammad Shadab Chisti, programme manager, HELP Foundation J&K.
During the workshop, the speakers stressed on the role of government departments to provide a platform to such artisans for their socio-economic security, enhanced credit facilities, raw materials, avenues for direct marketing, reintegration and mainstreaming them in the market economy.
ZEO Beerwah Dilshad Ahmad Bhanday hailed the efforts and role of Project EC-PIE under the aegis of HELP Foundation and extended his full support to the artisans of the Beerwah block.
“My good offices would facilitate to any extent for the prosperity of the block,” he said.