Gangtok, September 2, 2013
One week decorative candle making training started on 26th August’ 2013 conducted under Capacity Building Programme of Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP), East District by State Level Nodal Agency(SLNA), Forest, Environment and Wildlife Management Department concluded on Sunday, 1st September’ 2013 at Kyongnosla, East Sikkim.
The concluding function was attended by Dr. Anil Mainra, PCCF-cum-Member Secretary, SLNA, C.P. Sharma, ACF-cum-PIA, IWMP I East, Chong Bhutia, Secretary, Kyonglosla Micro Watershed, Livelihood Experts, SLNA and members from Watershed Committees and local public.
The training was conducted by Smita Rai and two members of her group from Namchi Designer Candles, Namchi along with two assistant trainers of Samdong village groomed under IWMP, Sikkim. During the one week long training fifteen beneficiaries from 5th mile Kyongnosla were given training on making various types of decorative candles.
Beneficiaries+ were motivated to form three new Self Help Groups (SHGs) viz. Gyaltsen, Dunkar and Pema, predominantly consisting of unemployed women. This is the first time SHGs were created in this particular village.
This is second time that decorative candle making training has been conducted in East Sikkim by SLNA under IWMP Project. First training was conducted at Samdong village in the month of July’2013. Training completion certificates and candle making tools kits were distributed to the trainees from the hands of Dr. Anil Mainra.
PCCF-cum-Member Secretary, SLNA in his address congratulated the participants for successfully completing the training and maintaining sincerity and punctuality throughout the training period.
He added that decorative candles can have good demand in the local as well as outside market and a State like Sikkim specially Kyongnosla and Tsomgu areas, being tourist hotspots, offers wide opportunities for a perfect market.
He urged the trainees to capitalize on the skills imparted to mark a new beginning. Department would provide every possible assistance in making their venture sustainable and this would help them in earning good income on a regular basis in future.
He further added that such training programmes and other livelihood activities carried out under IWMP would help in empowering the poor rural community specially women and unemployed youth and making them self reliant. He also thanked Smita Rai and group of Namchi Designer Candles and assistant trainers for conducting the training in an efficient and effective manner.
Mary Bhujel on behalf of the Self Help Groups and all the public of 5th Mile village, Kyongnosla thanked the Department for conducting such beneficial training for the villagers and carrying out other developmental activities under IWMP.
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