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Jharcraft plans skills training for victims of human trafficking

BY KELLY KISLAYA – PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES OF INDIA

Ranchi:  Having provided direct or indirect employment to more than three lakh people, Jharcraft is set to work towards the skill development and rehabilitation of trafficking victims.

The move came after the state-run undertaking was contacted by Delhi-based NGO Shakti Vahini. A T Mishra, the managing director of Jharcraft, readily accepted the offer. “We are a socio-economic outfit and would be happy to be of any help to trafficking victims,” he said.

Mishra has asked Shakti Vahini to give him a list of such victims with the requisite details. Jharcraft would then locate and provide them skill development training, he said

“We will send our staff to meet these girls and know what their areas of interests are, be it bamboo art, terracotta, weaving silk, etc. There could be some who already have an idea about a particular skill. It will be easy for us to train them,” he reasoned.

Explaining the process, he said: “We will link them to our production clusters nearest to their villages where they will be trained to porduce various kinds of products. In the beginning, we will buy whatever they make. But when the girls gain expertise in one of the skills, they can become independent entrepreneurs.”

Meanwhile, Shakti Vahini is preparing a list of 10 rescued girls from Khunti and Sahibgunj, which will be sent to Jharcraft in a day or two.

Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini said, “We are selecting only 10 girls now for the pilot project. As things progress, we will get more rescued girls enrolled with Jharcraft. We are also ready to provide any type of help needed so that we could make a difference to their lives. We will also try to rope in other partners to help the cause as well.”

He added, “This initiative will definitely bring a change and be an eye opener for other departments of the state government inspiring them to work against trafficking as well. This will also strengthen the PM’s vision of skill development in the country.”

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