In a bid to empower women and make them self dependent, Bokaro Steel plant (BSL) signed an MoU with Jharcraft, for training women of peripheral villages in handloom weaving and yarn production.

Close on the heels of Bokaro Steel’s pact with IIM-Ranchi for entrepreneurship development programme for the rural unemployed youth, this is the another significant step taken by BSL. The MoU was signed by MD, Jharcraft D Kumar and GM (CSR), BSL PK Banerjee.

Conceived as a CSR initiative of Bokaro Steel, the MoU entails installation of 10 Handloom and 30 Machines of Samridhi for Yarn production by BSL at Bokaro. BSL will also provide infrastructure facilities like building, power and more for the project.  About 20 per cent of the production cost during the production period will be also be borne by Bokaro Steel while the task of mobilising rural women for formation of Self Help Groups will be done in association with Mahila Samiti, a leading NGO in the steel township.

In turn Jharcraft will provide training to 20 trainees for six months through experienced teachers and also provide training to 30 trainees for one month for Yarn Project. Jharcraft will also supply raw materials, designs of the product, consultancy to the projects, schemes of the implementing agency, and raw-material support to the project after training period and maintain accurate data on personal information of the project beneficiaries.

Besides, Jharcraft will also undertake responsibility for marketing of the product produced by the group. The period of the contract between BSL and Jharcraft will be initially for one year and extendable further with mutual consent.  With the signing of the MoU, a giant step forward has been taken by Bokaro Steel for empowerment of the rural womenfolk under its CSR initiative, BSL officials said.


SOURCE: The Daily Pioneer

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