A three-day-long women entrepreneurship development programme was launched in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district on Wednesday. The programme has been organised by the Department of Industries, Tawang, and is being conducted at District Industries centre. The programme was inaugurated by Shri Lobsang Tsering, Addl DC, Tawang, with 25 women entrepreneurs set to attend the event. The CDPO of Tawang and HDFC’s Tawang Branch Manager were invited to be the resource persons for the event.
Tsering Drema, the Assistant Director of Industries, announced in her welcome address for the inaugural session, stated that a number of entrepreneur development programmes have been conducted by the Government, since 2006, to battle the social inequality that women face, and empower them through skill development. These women groups are being supported by the government through financial institutions that offer them loans, subsidies, and grants, to help them start their own businesses.
Shri Lobsang Tsering, Addl. DC, Tawang, the chief guest for the event, stated that the empowerment of women can only be achieved if they are helped in becoming financially independent. Thus, to achieve this goal, the government has been continuously working to support women through a number of welfare schemes.
He added that local women are being encouraged to explore a variety of options, such as preparing pickles, as well as crafting traditional dresses and other utilitarian items, using locally available resources. This will help them to become financially strong, while also eliminating the need to resort to markets outside the state. He concluded his address, asking women participants of the programme to leverage this training to enhance their skillsets, and also encouraged them to ask questions to the resource personnel, to clarify any doubts that might remain, during the technical session.