82 ethnic minority youths get income-generating tools

22 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Some 82 youths including 40 females coming from ethnic minority families were given different income-generating tools including cash taka aimed at boosting their level of confidence through making them self-reliant.

Of them, 30 received sewing machines, 20 electric instruments, 10 instruments for building construction and two hair cutting apparatus while 20 others were given Taka 2,000 in cash each for cattle fattening, reports BSS.

Earlier on, they were imparted practical training on the respective trades and vocations so that they can earn money after the best uses of the training and tools as alternative income sources.

The supports were given on behalf of an anti-poverty initiative at a function held at Nachole Upazila Parishad Hall Room in Chapainawabganj district on Tuesday.

Agriculture Sustainable and Socio-economic Development Organization (ASSEDO) and Tradecraft Exchange are jointly implementing the scheme in association with ‘Fighting Forced Labour with Adivasi and

Dalit Communities in South Asia (MUKTEE) Project’ and European Union.

Upazila Chairman Abdul Kader and ASSEDO Executive Director Rabiul Alam attended the function as chief and special guests respectively with Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sabiha Sultana in the chair and distributed the supportive instruments.

Nachole Pourashava Chairman Abdur Rashid Khan, Deputy Director of the Department of Youth Development Jabed Iqbal, Agriculture Officer Bulbul Ahmed, Livestock Officer Sharmin Akter and Union Parishad Chairmen Aminul Haque and Azizur Rahman were present at the ceremony.

Rabiul Alam told the meeting that around 4,000 ethnic minority youths including 2,000 women have been engaged in various income-generating activities in 50 villages of Tanore in Rajshahi and Nachole Upazilas in Chapainawabganj districts with the MUKTEE Project intervention. A total of 1000 people from 2000 households are being brought under need-based training on various trades and vocations like electrics, mobile, mechanic, sewing, tailoring, computer operating, beautification, driving, carpentry and building construction in phases.

He said the project is aimed to address the systemic and structural vulnerabilities of marginalized agricultural communities for eliminating the menace of child labour.