Imphal: In an effort to impart Skill-based training to the inhabitants of the SoO Camp of ZRA at Muvanlai (New Teikot), Khuga Battalion Assam Rifles launched first of its kind Skill Development Program on Wednesday.
The skill development programme was aptly named Siamzilna Leh Kilamthakna which means New Skills, Renewed Lives and was inaugurated by Maj Gen Alok Naresh, Inspector General Assam Rifles (South) in presence of various dignitaries from Assam Rifles and members of ZRO. The Inspector General said the endeavour of this initiative was to empower the trainees to successfully compete with their counterparts in the professional and social domain.
The training will be organised in multiple phases of 30 days each. The first phase that commenced today will include training on skills like sewing, carpentership and IT training. Trg for subsequent phases will be upgraded to other result-oriented skills based on the feedback from the trainees.
Khuga battalion coordinated with Humanism Foundation which works in collaboration with NSDC. The NGO provided assistance in arranging the eqpt and trainers required for undertaking the skill development training.
The ZRO/ZRA were the pioneer group to sign the SoO agreement with the Government of India in August 2005. They formed an umbrella organization called UPF and the ZRO President became the first chairman of UPF. In August 2008, UPF and KNO – the two umbrella organisations of UG groups signed a tripartite SoO agreement with the government. As per the terms of the SoO agreement, the first designated SoO Camp of ZRA came up in Muvanlai New Teikot in September 2010.
Approximately 73 cadres of ZRA are currently residing in the Muvanlai camp . The inhabitants are mainly engaged in camp maintenance and other activities like pisciculture, goat farming, paddy cultivation etc.
The initiative of Assam Rifles in instituting a skill development centre will go a long way in positively shaping their lives by making them professionally skilled and financially independent, the Assam Rifles said.