Noted Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee in collaboration with local organization- Youth For Integration has initiated a livelihood support project at Lembucherra in West Tripura district. The actor on his official social media handle said the 5th livelihood project under the flagship scheme- Shramik Sammaan is taking shape at Lembuchera, West Tripura District.
“20 tribal women and men are being trained in making trendy eco-friendly water bottles from bamboo which is found in plenty in the state,” Bajpayee wrote.
Lembuchera is a village close to the capital city Agartala (10 km away). The village is mixed populated.
The Bollywood actor feels that due to the nature of the land, agricultural activities are not enough to create livelihood for the people of this area. “Many women are sitting idle at home and the proposed unit could boost their economic condition by creating additional employment opportunities for them. We have tied up with local organization Youth For Integration which will mentor the project and help in marketing the product”, Bajpayee mentioned.
A plan has been initiated to train several batches of women in making this uber cool accessory. The initial training phase has already been completed and the commercial production will start in October next.
Actor Manoj Bajpayee and his wife Shabana Raza have launched Shramik Samman, in collaboration with Helping Hands Charitable. They started the initiative to create small-scale business opportunities and generate employment among the rural folks. In his post, the renowned actor also requested all to donate for this project to support the indigenous artisans from Tripura. The donation may be processed online.
One Samir Debbarma (24), who is one of the trainees, has said, “initiatives are really required to help young people like us to do something unique. The lockdown and the strike of Covid 19 has closed all our routes to explore employment in outer states and thus livelihood training that imparts one to earn a living comes very effective”.
BCDI (Tripura Bamboo and Cane Development Institute) head Abhinab Kant said, “we appreciate the initiative. Since Tripura is now heading towards a new dawn with more and more emphasis being laid on self-reliance, such initiatives are welcome”.